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[Federal Register: June 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 121)]
[Page 38876-38877]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Impact Statement: Constantine, MI

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for proposed
improvements to US-131 from the Indiana Toll Road to M-60 including a
potential western by-pass of the Village of Constantine in St. Joseph
County, Michigan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. James Kirschensteiner, Programs
and Environmental Engineer, Federal Highway Administration, 315 W.
Allegan Street, Lansing, Michigan 48933, Telephone (517) 377-1880, ext.
41 or Mr. Paul Wisney, Manager, Design Division, Michigan Department of

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Transportation, P.O. Box 30050, Lansing, Michigan 48909, Telephone
(517) 335-1905.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA in cooperation with the Michigan
Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Indiana Toll Authority and the
Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing an Environmental
Impact Statement (EIS) for proposed Improvements to US-131 from the
Indiana Toll Road to M-60.
    US-131 is used as a primary route for commercial truck traffic
destined for major urban areas in western Michigan and northern
Indiana. A high volume of trucks, approximately 14% of the average
daily traffic, currently use US-131. Problems associated with this high
volume of truck traffic include congestion, pedestrian crossing
conflicts, and vibration and noise impacts, particularly within the
Village of Constantine's registered historic district.
    A one-mile wide planning corridor will serve as the base within
which future improvement alternatives will be developed. This one-mile
wide planning corridor was identified during a previous public hearing
and corridor location study conducted by MDOT. The US-131 Improvement
Study area is generally bounded by the Indiana Toll Road (80/90) to the
south, M-60 to the north, US-131 to the east and Blue School and
Schafeer Roads to the west.
    A wide range of transportation improvement alternatives will be
analyzed within the recommended study corridor. Alternatives will range
from a ``no action'' alternative up to and including a limited access
freeway facility. Proposed transportation improvements will focus on
utilizing the existing US-131 right-of-way where possible. The entire
process of determining a preferred alternative is expected to take
approximately two years.
    A scoping document will be prepared describing the proposed action
to solicit comments from appropriate federal, state, and local
agencies. Citizen involvement is also being solicited throughout this
process. A public hearing will be held on the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement (DEIS). Public notice will be given of the time and
place of the hearing. The DEIS will be available for public and agency
review and comment prior to the public hearing.
    To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed
action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments
and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or
questions concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be
directed to the FHWA at the address provided above.

    Issued on: June 13, 2000.
James J. Steele,
Division Administrator, Lansing, Michigan.
[FR Doc. 00-15804 Filed 6-21-00; 8:45 am]

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        Email:  ajs@sagady.com

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PO Box 39  East Lansing, MI  48826-0039 
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