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The DEIS has been prepared to address the NEPA, environmental and cultural resource laws, USACE Regulatory Program Regulations (Title 33 of the
The proposed I-12 to Bush highway is an effort planned by LADOTD and funded by the Transportation Infrastructure Model for Economic Development (TIMED) program (Louisiana Revised Statute 48:820.2). The stated mission of the TIMED program is to, “foster economic development throughout the state of
LADOTD has stated that the proposed highway is needed as an alternative north-south connection that could reduce congestion and delays for those traveling from northern St. Tammany Parish and Washington Parish to I-12. As stated by LADOTD, the needs of the proposed action are to: (1) Fulfill the legislative mandate, Louisiana Revised Statute 47:820.2B(e); (2) provide a logical, direct, modern, high-speed, four-lane arterial to I-12 from the southern terminus of the current, modern, four-lane arterial portion of LA 21; (3) divert traffic from Washington and northern St. Tammany Parishes onto a four-lane, modern, high-speed arterial to free capacity for local trips on segments of existing routes in southern suburban areas and reduce congestion during peak and some non-peak periods; and (4) support and enhance the existing and developing economic activities in Washington and northern St. Tammany Parishes that rely on the highway network to reach their markets by providing a travel time savings.
The Corps defines the overall project purpose as to construct a four-lane arterial highway from the southern terminus of LA 21 in Bush, Louisiana, to I-12. The need for the project is to meet a legislative mandate in Louisiana Revised Statute 47:820.2B(e), which requires, “[t]he Louisiana Highway 3241 project from Interstate 12 to Bush* * *shall be constructed as a [four]-lane or more highway.”
The project area is entirely within St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and roughly bounded by LA 21, U.S. Highway (US) 190, I-12, US 11, and LA 41. It encompasses approximately 245 square miles in area and includes the incorporated areas of Abita Springs, Pearl River, and portions of the cities of Slidell and Covington. Unincorporated areas such as Bush, Hickory, Talisheek, and Waldheim are included in the project area.
The DEIS examines the No Build Alternative, Alternative B/O, Alternative J, Alternative P, and Alternative Q as the principal alternatives for detailed analysis. These alternatives are described in the following paragraphs.
In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), we
A public hearing for this DEIS will be held on September 28, 2011 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Abita Springs, Louisiana, at the Abita Springs Town Hall located on 22161 Level Street. The purpose of this public hearing is to provide the public the opportunity to comment, either orally or in writing, on the DEIS. Notification of the hearing will be announced following the same format as the Scoping Meetings announcements.
The DEIS is available online on the New Orleans District Web site at
1. St. Tammany Parish Library:
—Abita Springs Branch, 71683 Leveson Street, Abita Springs, LA 70420.
—Bush Branch, 81597 Highway 41, Bush, LA 70431.
—Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, LA 70433.
—Lee Road Branch, 79213 Highway 40, Covington, LA 70435.
—Mandeville Branch, 844 Girod Street, Mandeville, LA 70448.
—Pearl River Branch, 64580 Highway 41, Pearl River, LA 70452.
—Slidell Branch, 555 Robert Boulevard, Slidell, LA 70458.
2. Franklinton Library, 825 Free Street, Franklinton, LA 70438.
3. Bogalusa Library, 304 Avenue F, Bogalusa, LA 70427.
4. Louisiana State Library, 701 North 4th Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.
5. University of New Orleans, Earl K. Long Library, Louisiana Collection, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148.