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Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Alaska

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Alaska

Sandra A. Garcia-Aline
Federal Highway Administration
October 5, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 192 (Monday, October 5, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60219-60220]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-25229]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in 
Alaska

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions 
by the FHWA and other Federal agencies.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA is issuing this notice to announce actions taken by 
FHWA and other Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 
U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed highway 
reconstruction project: Knik-Goose Bay Road Reconstruction: MP 0.3 to 
6.8, Centaur Avenue to Vine Road, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, 
Alaska. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the 
project.

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 the listed highway project will be 
barred unless the claim is filed on or before March 3, 2016. 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: Mr. John Lohrey, Statewide Programs 
Team

[[Page 60220]]

Leader, FHWA Alaska Division, P.O. Box 21648, Juneau, Alaska 99802-
1648; office hours 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (AST), phone (907) 586-7428; email 
John.Lohrey@dot.gov. You may also contact Brian Elliott, DOT&PF Central 
Region Environmental Manager, Alaska Department of Transportation and 
Public Facilities, 4111 Aviation Drive, P.O. Box 196900, Anchorage, 
Alaska 99519-6900; office hours 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (AST), phone (907) 
269-0539, email Brian.Elliott@alaska.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that FHWA has taken 
final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1) by issuing 
licenses, permits, and approvals for the following highway 
reconstruction project in the State of Alaska: Knik-Goose Bay Road 
(KGB) Reconstruction: MP 0.3 to 6.8, Centaur Avenue to Vine Road. KGB 
Road will be improved as follows: Six-lanes (three lanes in each 
direction) from Palmer-Wasilla Highway (PWH) to Mack Road with a raised 
urban median and four-lanes (two in each direction) from Mack Road to 
Vine Road, with a non-traversable depressed grass median. The section 
from Centaur Avenue to PWH would provide space to expand from two to 
four lanes. The six-lane section (PWH to Mack Road) would consist of 
three 12-foot wide travel lanes in each direction with six-foot wide 
outside shoulders with curb and gutter, four-foot wide inside 
shoulders, and a 30-foot wide raised median. The four-lane section 
(Mack Road to Vine Road) would consist of two 12-foot wide lanes in 
each direction with eight-foot outside shoulders, four-foot inside 
shoulders, and a 30-foot wide depressed grass median. The section from 
PWH to Mack Road will have continuous illumination and a 45 mile-per-
hour speed limit. Turn lanes will be included as appropriate and median 
breaks will be placed approximately every one-eighth to one-half mile 
along the corridor as necessary. The existing 10-foot wide separated 
multi-use pathway along the north side of the road would be 
reconstructed as necessary. The environmental effects of the KGB Road 
Reconstruction project are evaluated and described in the Environmental 
Assessment (EA) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. Key 
issues identified in the EA include acquisition of right-of-way, 
traffic noise, access to and from KGB Road, project development is too 
slow, temporary construction effects, and concerns from the City of 
Wasilla over the design within city limits. Measures to avoid, 
minimize, and/or mitigate adverse environmental effects are included in 
the EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
    The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such 
actions were taken, are described in the EA for the project, approved 
on July 13, 2015, in the FONSI issued on August 31, 2015, and in other 
documents in the FHWA project records. The EA, FONSI, and other project 
records are available by contacting FHWA or the State of Alaska 
Department of Transportation & Public Facilities at the addresses 
provided above. The EA and FONSI documents can be viewed and downloaded 
from the project Web site at www.knikgoosebayroad.com or viewed at 4111 
Aviation Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99519.
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions as of the 
issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were 
taken, including but not limited to:

1. General: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-
4351 et seq.).
2. Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508).
3. Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970, 23 U.S.C. 109.
4. MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Pub. 
L. 112-141).
5. Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712)
6. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 470(f) et 
seq.).
7. Clean Water Act (Section 401) (33 U.S.C. 1251-1377) of 1977 and 1987 
(Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972).
8. Federal Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543).
9. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1934, as amended.
10. Noise Control Act of 1972.
11. Safe Drinking Water Act of 1944, as amended.
12. Executive Order 11990--Protection of Wetlands
13. Executive Order 11988--Floodplain Management
14. Executive Order 13112, Invasive Species
15. Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental 
Justice and Low Income Populations
16. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
17. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) (49 U.S.C. 
303).
18. Anadromous Fish Conservation Act [16 U.S.C. 757(a)-757(g)] 
Magnuson-Stevenson Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1976 as 
amended [16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.].
19. Historic and Cultural Resources: Archeological Resources Protection 
Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470(aa)-11]; Archeological and Historic 
Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469-469(c)].
20. Social and Economic: Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) [7 
U.S.C. 4201-4209].
21. Wetlands and Water Resources: Coastal Zone Management Act [16 
U.S.C. 1451-1465]; Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) [16 U.S.C. 
4601-4604]; Wild and Scenic Rivers Act [16 U.S.C. 1271-1287].
22. Executive Orders: E.O. 13186 Migratory Birds; E.O. 11514 Protection 
and Enhancement of Environmental Quality.

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


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

    Dated: September 28, 2015.
Sandra A. Garcia-Aline,
Division Administrator, Juneau, Alaska.
[FR Doc. 2015-25229 Filed 10-2-15; 8:45 am]
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