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North Belt Freeway Environmental Studies

Project History 

1994 - An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed and a Record of Decision was obtained for a selected alignment.

1997 - The EIS expired and required reevaluation after Metroplan did not include the North Belt Freeway in the Transportation Improvement Plan due to the selected alignment's inconsistency with the City of Sherwood's Master Street Plan.

2003 - A reevaluation was completed and the originally selected alignment was upheld as the Department's preferred route.

2004 - A Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) was initiated after it was determined that the Department's previously preferred alignment was opposed by Metroplan, the City of Sherwood and the public.

2004 to 2007 – Public Involvement meetings were held (November 2005) to receive public comment on preliminary alternatives. After revisions and further study of these alternatives, the SDEIS was completed and approved for public dissemination on January 31, 2007.

A Preferred Alternative was identified in the SDEIS.  Click here to see a map of the Preferred Alternative.  Location public hearings were held in March 2007 to obtain comments on the SDEIS.

2008 - An in-depth analysis of the Preferred Alternative was conducted by AHTD in cooperation with the FHWA and the results of this analysis were documented in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) approved June 30, 2008.

After a review of the FEIS and the comments received, the FHWA issued a Record of Decision on September 23, 2008 that approved a Selected Alternative for the proposed bypass. Click here to see a map of the Selected Alternative.




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