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[Federal Register: July 19, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 139)]
[Page 47598]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]


Federal Highway Administration

Environmental Impact Statement Withdrawal; Washtenaw County, MI

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


SUMMARY: On August 27, 1992, the Federal Highway Administration issued
a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
for the proposed reconstruction of US-12 from the east city limit of
Saline to Munger Road in Washtenaw County, Michigan. This was updated
on October 15, 2001. The proposed project involved the study of
alternatives for the widening and reconstruction of the existing
roadway. The Federal Highway Administration is issuing this Notice to
withdraw its' original Notice of Intent dated August 27, 1992 and
update of October 15, 2001.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Preliminary studies were undertaken which
resulted in developing several alternatives to accommodate travel
demand in the US-12 corridor. Public meetings were held to gather
information and help shape the alternatives. A report was prepared on
the Illustrative Alternative Evaluation Results. This report
recommended the elimination from further consideration the alternatives
that included realignment of the roadway, and carrying forward only
those alternatives that utilize significant portions of the existing
US-12 right-of-way. It was concluded that it is unlikely for the
remaining alternatives to cause significant environmental impacts. As a
result, the Federal Highway Administration had determined that an
environmental impact statement is no longer needed. In lieu of an EIS,
the Federal Highway Administration and the Michigan Department of
Transportation are reclassifying the project as a Class III Action
requiring the development of an Environmental Assessment. Should it be
determined during this process that an EIS is needed for a proposed
project, one will be prepared following a new Notice of Intent.

     Issued on: July 8, 2002.
James A. Kirschensteiner,
Asst. Division Administrator, Lansing, Michigan.
[FR Doc. 02-18227 Filed 7-18-02; 8:45 am]

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