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Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highways in Colorado

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highways in Colorado

John M. Cater
Federal Highway Administration
May 15, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 94 (Friday, May 15, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28041-28043]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-11641]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highways in 
Colorado

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of limitation on claims for judicial review of actions 
by FHWA and other Federal agencies.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other 
Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 
139(l)(1). The actions relate to various proposed highway projects in 
the State of Colorado. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and 
approvals for the projects.

DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review 
of the Federal agency actions on any of the listed highway projects 
will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before October 13, 2015. 
If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides 
a time period of less than 150 days for filing such claim, then that 
shorter time period still applies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Gibson, Environmental 
Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration Colorado Division, 
12300 W. Dakota Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80228, 720-963-3013, 
Stephanie.gibson@dot.gov normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 
p.m. (Mountain time); You may also contact Vanessa Henderson, NEPA 
Program Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation, 4201 E. 
Arkansas Avenue, Shumate Building, Denver, Colorado 80222, 303-757-
9878, vanessa.henderson@state.co.us, normal business hours are 7:00 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mountain time).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA and 
other Federal agencies have taken final agency actions by issuing 
licenses, permits, and approvals for the highway projects in the State 
of Colorado that are listed below. The actions by the Federal agencies 
on a project, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are 
described in the environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact 
statement (EIS) issued in connection with the project and in other key 
project documents. The EA or EIS, and other key documents for the 
listed projects are available by contacting the FHWA or the Colorado 
Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above. The EA, 
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), Final EIS, and Record of 
Decision (ROD) documents can be viewed and downloaded from the Web 
sites listed below.
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions on each project 
as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such 
actions were taken. This notice does not, however, alter or extend the 
limitation period of 150 days for challenges to final agency actions 
subject to previous notices published in the Federal Register, 
including notice given by the Federal Transit Administration on 
September 23, 2010 related to U.S. 36 (75 FR 58017).
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions, actions, 
approvals, licenses and permits on the project as of the issuance date 
of this notice, including but not limited to those arising under the 
following laws, as amended:
    1. General: National Environmental Policy Act [42 U.S.C. 4321-
4370h]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109].
    2. Air: Clean Air Act, as amended [42 U.S.C. 7401-7671(q)] 
(transportation conformity).
    3. Land: Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 
1966 [49 U.S.C. 303]; Landscaping and Scenic Enhancement (Wildflowers) 
[23 U.S.C. 319].
    4. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531-1544]; Fish and 
Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661-667(e)]; Migratory Bird Treaty 
Act [16 U.S.C. 703-712].
    5. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act of 1966 [54 U.S.C. 306108]; Archaeological 
Resources Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470aa-

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470mm]; Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469-
469c-2]; Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act [25 
U.S.C. 3001-3013].
    6. Social and Economic: Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 
2000(d)-2000(d)(1)]; American Indian Religious Freedom Act [42 U.S.C. 
1996]; Farmland Protection Policy Act [7 U.S.C. 4201-4209]; the Uniform 
Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 
1970 [42 U.S.C. 61].
    7. Wetlands and Water Resources: Clean Water Act [33 U.S.C. 1251-
1387] (Section 404, Section 401, Section 319); Land and Water 
Conservation Fund Act [16 U.S.C. 460l-4-460l-11]; Safe Drinking Water 
Act [42 U.S.C. 300f-300j-9.]; Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 [33 U.S.C. 
401-406]; Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) [23 
U.S.C. 103(b)(6)(m), 133(b)(11)] (wetlands mitigation banking); Flood 
Disaster Protection Act of 1973 [42 U.S.C. 4001-4129].
    8. Hazardous Materials: Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act [42 U.S.C. 9601-9675]; Superfund 
Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 [Pub. L. 99-499]; Resource 
Conservation and Recovery Act [42 U.S.C. 6901-6992(k)].
    9. Executive Orders: E.O. 11990 Protection of Wetlands; E.O. 11988 
Floodplain Management; E.O. 12898 Federal Actions to Address 
Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income 
Populations; E.O. 11593 Protection and Enhancement of Cultural 
Resources; E.O. 13007 Indian Sacred Sites; E.O. 13287 Preserve America; 
E.O. 13175 Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments; E.O. 11514 Protection and Enhancement of Environmental 
Quality; E.O. 13112 Invasive Species.
    The projects subject to this notice are:
    1. SH 9 Iron Springs EA and FONSI. Project Location: Just south of 
Frisco, CO. Project Reference Number: C0091-041. Project Overview: A 
1.3-mile stretch of SH 9, between mileposts 93 and 95, will be 
realigned, rather than widened on the existing alignment. This will 
provide a four-lane roadway while removing a tight, compound curve 
(known as Leslie's Curve) and moving the highway away from Dillon 
Reservoir, a drinking water source. A portion of the old roadway 
alignment will be turned into a bike path. Project Purpose: The purpose 
is to improve transportation along SH 9 by decreasing travel time, 
improving safety, and supporting the transportation needs of local and 
regional travelers while minimizing impacts to the surrounding 
environment and communities between the towns of Frisco and 
Breckenridge. Signed NEPA Documents and Permits: EA signed on May 6, 
2014 and FONSI on December 18, 2014. https://www.codot.gov/projects/hwy9f2b/sh-9-iron-springs-alignment-environmental-assessment.
    2. Federal Blvd., 7th to Howard EA and FONSI. Project Location: 
Denver, CO. Project Reference Number: NHPP 2873-172. Project Overview: 
This project would widen Federal Boulevard to provide a third 
northbound lane and standard (11 foot) lane widths. Sidewalks will be 
brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards and existing 
crosswalks will be upgraded with new traffic and pedestrian signals. 
Project Purpose: The purpose of the project is to improve safety for 
all modes of travel (e.g., personal vehicles, transit vehicles, and 
bicycles as well as foot traffic), improve traffic operations for all 
traffic modes, reduce existing and future northbound congestion, and 
enhance multi-modal connectivity. Signed NEPA Documents and Permits: EA 
signed on October 8, 2014 and FONSI on January 15, 2015. http://www.denvergov.org/infrastructure/policyandplanning/currentprojects/federalboulevard/tabid/442758/default.aspx and https://www.codot.gov/projects/federalea7thtohoward.
    3. US 50 West, Purcell Blvd. to Wills Blvd., and McCulloch Blvd. 
Intersection Improvements EA and FONSI. Project Location: Pueblo, CO. 
Project Reference Number: STA 050A-022. Project Overview: Highway 
improvements include adding an additional 3.4-mile eastbound lane to US 
50 between Purcell Blvd. and Wills Blvd. Intersection improvements 
include turn lanes, and deceleration and acceleration lanes. Project 
Purpose: The purpose is to reduce congestion and improve safety. Signed 
NEPA Documents and Permits: EA signed on June 3, 2014 and FONSI on 
September 15, 2014. https://www.codot.gov/library/studies/us50ea.
    4. US 24 West EA and FONSI. Project Location: Colorado Springs, CO. 
Project Reference Number: NH 0242-040. Project Overview: The project 
encompasses a 4-mile segment of US 24 from Interstate 25 to west of the 
Manitou Avenue interchange. It includes additional lanes in 
approximately 1 mile of the project area, bridge replacements on US 24 
and cross streets, replacing two intersections with interchanges, 
closing some access points including replacing one intersection with an 
overpass, improvements to sidewalks on the north-south cross streets at 
all intersections and interchanges, and extending the Midland Trail. 
Project Purpose: The purpose is to reduce congestion problems for 
travelers today and through the year 2035; improve mobility for local 
trips within the US 24 corridor and regional trips through the US 24 
corridor; and improve connectivity to the multiple destinations 
accessible from the US 24 corridor. Signed NEPA Documents and Permits: 
EA signed on May 16, 2012 and FONSI on October 2, 2014. https://www.codot.gov/projects/us24west.
    5. US 287 at Lamar Reliever Route EA and FONSI. Project Location: 
Lamar, CO. Project Reference Number: C2871-026. Project Overview: The 
project will relocate US 287 and US 50 from downtown Lamar to a new 
alignment, known as the reliever route, approximately one mile east of 
Lamar. The new highway will serve as an alternate route around downtown 
Lamar for non-stop regional truck and automobile traffic. Project 
Purpose: The purpose is to reduce conflicts between local and through-
traffic, improve safety, and meet local, regional, and national travel 
demands on US 287 and US 50 through Lamar. Signed NEPA Documents and 
Permits: EA signed on August 15, 2013 and FONSI on November 10, 2014. 
https://www.codot.gov/projects/us287lamar.
    6. US 550/US 160 South Connection SEIS and ROD. Project Location: 
Durango, CO. Project Reference Number: FC-NH(CX)162-2(048). Project 
Overview: The project will realign a 1.5-mile portion of US 550 to 
connect with an interchange on US 160 and widen the road to four lanes. 
The SEIS focused on this portion of the original 2006 US 160 Durango to 
Bayfield EIS project, and looked at both previous and new alternatives 
developed to reduce impacts to historic properties identified after the 
completion of the previous ROD. Project Purpose: The purpose is to 
increase travel efficiency/capacity to meet current and future needs, 
improve safety for the traveling public by reducing the number and 
severity of crashes, and control access for safety and mobility 
improvements. Original FEIS signed May 12, 2006, ROD signed November 7, 
2006 (claims limitation notice issued May 14, 2007), Signed NEPA 
Documents and Permits for this notice: SFEIS signed July 2, 2012, 
Revised Section 4(f) Evaluation signed April 23, 2015, and supplemental 
ROD signed April 23, 2015. https://www.codot.gov/projects/us550-at-160.
    7. US 36 Corridor ROD #2. Project Location: Between Denver and 
Boulder,

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CO. Project Reference Number: NH 0361-070. Project Overview: The 
portion of the project included in ROD #2 includes replacing two 
bridges and widening two bridges. Project Purpose: The purpose of 
improvements in the US 36 corridor is to improve mobility along the US 
36 corridor from I-25 in Adams County to Foothills Parkway/Table Mesa 
Drive in Boulder, and among intermediate destinations. FEIS and Final 
Section 4(f) Evaluation signed October 30, 2009, ROD #1 signed December 
24, 2009, and Department of the Army Permit No. 200380602 (claims 
limitation notice issued April 23, 2012). Signed NEPA Documents and 
Permits for this notice: FEIS and Final Section 4(f) Evaluation signed 
October 30, 2009, and ROD #2 signed September 24, 2012. https://www.codot.gov/projects/us36eis.
    8. I-25 Valley Highway, Logan to US 6 FEIS, ROD #1 and ROD #2. 
Project Location: Denver, CO. Project Reference Number: BR 0061-083. 
Project Overview: The project will provide improvements to: I-25 (the 
Valley Highway) from Logan Street to US 6; US 6 from I-25 to Federal 
Boulevard; and on adjacent portions of Santa Fe Drive and Kalamath 
Street in south central Denver. The improvements would correct 
geometric deficiencies, add capacity, improve safety, and replace 
deteriorating structures. Pedestrian/bicycle mobility across the I-25 
corridor and access to transit facilities would also be improved. 
Project Purpose: The purpose is to improve connectivity between 
transportation modes, improve pedestrian and bicycle mobility across 
the project corridor, increase safety along and across the corridor for 
motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and correct roadway 
deficiencies to provide a safer, more efficient, and more reliable 
transportation system. Signed NEPA Documents and Permits: FEIS signed 
November 6, 2006, ROD #1 signed July 5, 2007 and ROD #2 signed February 
8, 2013. https://www.codot.gov/library/studies/i-25-valley-highway-EIS.

    Authority:  23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

John M. Cater,
Division Administrator, Lakewood, Colorado.
[FR Doc. 2015-11641 Filed 5-14-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4910-22-P

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