Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road Design Public Hearing scheduled October 29, 2009

This announcement (click on image to enlarge) was placed in the September 29, 2009 issue of the Daily Progress. I am surprised that this hearing is being scheduled prior to termination of the Section 106 (historical preservation) review is completed. In fact, a meeting is scheduled to discuss Section 106 issues on this project on October 9, 2009 - the same day the environmental document containing Section 106 effects determination is to be made available to the public. Curious, eh?

I would think it more appropriate to discuss the inter-relationships among design and historic preservation alternatives prior to having the formal design public hearing. As a consulting party of the Section 106 review on this project I have been disappointed at the lack of consideration of historic properties and the lack of interest demonstrated by Federal Highway Administration in considering historic preservation issues as part of the design process.

Do review the material and provide comments at the meeting or using other methods outlined in the announcement.

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