The planning process is based on guidelines prescribed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) which follows the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
The first public meeting was held on 2/22/11 and identified general issues, developed information on the community context, defined the project’s Purpose and Need, and introduced the public involvement process. The Purpose and Need is a statement of the problem to be solved by the project.
During the second public meeting held on 6/21/12, the Purpose and Need was presented, concept alternatives were introduced and feedback was solicited.
The third public meeting is scheduled to be held on October 13, 2016 to present remaining alternatives being considered and to seek stakeholder input. A final public hearing is tentatively scheduled for summer 2017 and will present the preferred alternative for the project.