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National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Process

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Intent to Study Letter – formal notification to adjacent businesses and residents that NDOT and FHWA intend to conduct environmental and preliminary engineering studies for a project. It is also to solicit public input to assist the project team in further identifying the purpose and need for the project, address concerns and potential impacts, and to be aware of potential mitigation measures.

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Notice of Intent – Formal notification to federal agencies that NDOT is starting the Environmental Impact Statement.

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Document the problems that need fixing. Why is this project needed?

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Develop alternatives to be studied.

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Solicit public and agency input throughout the environmental process.

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Prepare a document addressing the environmental impacts of the project.

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Selection of an alternative to be implemented.

NEPA umbrella covers, air quality, environmental justice, visual character/aesthetics, hazardous materials, noise, water resources, community resources, vegetation, wildlife and fish, and cultural resources.

Schedule

The schedule shown below is preliminary and subject to change.

Environmental Process 2020-2023, Right-of-way/Final Design Process 2023-2027, Construction Process 2027-2031.