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[Federal Register: August 15, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 158)]
[Page 53384]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Impact Statement; Livingston County, MI

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of intent.


SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that a
Tier 2 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared for
construction impacts of the widening of M-59 from I-96 to US-23 in
Livingston County, Michigan. A Record of Decision (ROD) for the Tier 1
EIS right-of-way preservation was signed on May 31, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Abdelmoez Abdalla, Environmental
Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, 315 W. Allegan Street,
Room 207, Lansing, Michigan 48933, Telephone (517) 702-1820 or Mr. Paul
W. McAllister, Project Coordination Unit, Bureau of Transportation
Planning, PO Box 30050, Lansing, Michigan 48909, Telephone (517) 335-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FHWA, in cooperation with the Michigan
Department of Transportation (MDOT) will prepare a Tier 2 EIS for the
widening of M-59 from I-96 to US-23 in Livingston County, Michigan. The
corridor is approximately 12.8 miles long. The area long M-59 is
currently experiencing intense development pressure and traffic
congestion problems. The proposed project will accommodate the
projected year 2025 traffic volume and improve motorist safety. The
current facility is two lanes. The project alternatives include: (1)
The no build, (2) widening from two to five lanes, and (3) widening
from two lanes to a four-lane boulevard, with some five-lane areas. The
widening will occur within a 300-foot right-of-way corridor preserved
by a Tier 1 EIS along the existing route of M-59. Scoping documents
describing the proposed action and soliciting comments will be sent to
appropriate Federal, state, local agencies, private organizations, and
citizens who have previously expressed or are known to have interest in
this proposal. A public information meeting was held on November 7,
2001, to provide the public the opportunity to discuss the proposed
action. A public hearing will also be held. Public notice will be given
of the time and place of the public hearing. The Tier 2 Draft EIS will
be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the
public hearing. No formal scoping meeting is scheduled at this time.
Comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties to
insure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action
are addressed and all significant issues are identified. Questions or
comments concerning this proposed action and the EIS should be directed
to the FHWA address provided above.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205,
Highway Research, Planning, and Construction. The regulations
implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental
consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this

     Issued on: August 5, 2002.
James J. Steele,
Division Administrator, Lansing, Michigan.
[FR Doc. 02-20721 Filed 8-14-02; 8:45 am]

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