The first graphic (below) shows that the Federally funded interchange (Route 250 Bypass Interchange at McIntire Road) is located on and near both federally protected parkland and historic properties either on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. CPMP claims in their lawsuit that the proposed interchange violates federal protection requirements that prohibit use of federal funding for the projects construction.
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The second graphic (below) shows the single project version of the proposed project from 1995 that was considered ineligible for federal funding due to its impacts on parkland because there existed reasonable and practible alternatives to the proposed alignment. The project was considered in violation of what is commonly known as Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. It also shows the current segmented project (as three separate projects with only the interchange portion of the project being considered a federally funded project). CPMP claims that the segmentation of the project is illegal and that the environmental assessment for the interchange project developed by the Federal Highway Administration is inadequate.
The full copy of the CPMP complaint filed on Feb. 22 is available in a posting yesterday on this blog