The schedule for the environmental review process is summarized in the Table below.
|Supplemental DEIS Notice of Availability||November 16, 2018|
|Public Hearing||December 5, 2018|
|Supplemental DEIS Comment Period||November 16, 2018 to January 4, 2019|
|Report to the Special Committee||August 29, 2019|
|Finding of Necessity Meeting||September 18, 2019|
|Publication of FEIS/ROD||February 2020|
An SDEIS was prepared to comprehensively document the potential environmental effects, both beneficial and adverse, of each alternative. The document described the purpose of and need for the project; public participant and agency coordination; and the project alternatives and how they affect land uses, socioeconomic conditions, community character, virtual and aesthetic resources, historic and cultural resources, parklands and recreational resources, transportation, air quality, noise, water and ecological resources, hazardous waste and contaminated materials, greenhouse gases, energy, topography, geology, and soils, construction impacts, environmental justice, and indirect and cumulative effects.
A Report to the Special Committee was prepared to outline the concerns raised during the December 5, 2018 public hearing, and through the SDEIS public comment period, and response from NHDOT and the Towns was signed on August 29, 2019. A Finding of Necessity Meeting was held on September 18, 2019 and the Special Committee approved the project layout.
After the public comment period on the SDEIS closed, a combined FEIS/ROD was completed. The FEIS/ROD includes responses to the public's comments on the SDEIS, as well as any necessary revisions to the SDEIS to address the comments. In addition, the FEIS/ROD identifies the alternative selected for implementation by NHDOT, the Towns and FHWA; presents the basis for the decision; identifies the alternatives that were considered; and provides information on the adopted means to avoid, minimize, or otherwise mitigate environmental impacts. The FEIS/ROD is posted online, and a Notice of Availability was printed in the Federal Register.
Following completion of the NEPA process, the project will now progress to construction via the Design-Build procurement process. This allows advanced Right-of-Way acquisition for properties identified as complete acquisitions. In addition, following selection of the Design-Build team, the final design of the Preferred Alternative will be undertaken, along with work to obtain all required environmental permits, and complete acquisition of right-of-way. The product of this stage is a complete set of approved plans and specifications, as well as the bid for construction to complete the project.
The construction phase includes all the physical work needed to complete the project, including site clearing, earthwork, paving, traffic signals, utility relocations, stormwater treatment areas, bridges, sidewalks, loam/seeding and signage.