Environmental Studies

Wetland, surface water and stream field investigations and delineations were completed within the project area. During the field investigations, scientists examined soils, vegetation, and hydrology. They documented wetlands, watercourses, and non-wetland characteristics on forms and mapping. Wetland and stream boundaries were delineated in the field. The mapping will help engineers avoid and minimize impacts to these features during the Preliminary Engineering and Final Design.

The Project Team mailed letters and a brief survey to owners of potential farmland. Based on the responses, interviews with those farmers were held in December 2017. Information regarding the farm operation and use of the local roadway was discussed and documented with each property owner for our project team to consider during and after construction.

Stream

A Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) has been prepared for Section 1. A Phase I ESA is an investigation of potentially contaminated properties surrounding the project area to help the Project Team understand what hazardous material might be in the project area and better determine how impacts may be minimized or managed.

Cultural Resources, Noise, and Air Quality are also addressed in the project. Environmental clearance was granted for Section 1 in November 2019.