Widening of US 84 from Highway 772
to Just East of Hair Creek Bridge
State Project No. H.000758.2
Federal Project No. DE-3010(503)
LaSalle Parish, Louisiana
What: NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
When: Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Where: Jena Town Hall
2908 East Oak Street
Jena, LA 71342
Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is conducting a Public Hearing in an open house format for the proposed widening along US Highway 84 from Hwy 772 to just east of Hair Creek Bridge. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to provide information and to receive comments on the proposed project.
Detailed information relative to the project is available in the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA). This document is available for review and/or purchase at the Department's District 58 office, located at 6217 Hwy 15, Chase, LA. The Draft EA is available for review at the Federal Highway Administration Division Office at 5304 Flanders Drive, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA, and at the DOTD Environmental Section Office, 1201 Capitol Access Road, Room 504D, Baton Rouge, LA. The Draft EA is also available for review at the following: LaSalle Parish Library - Olla Branch, 1449 Blake Street, Olla, LA; LaSalle Parish Library - Jena Branch, 3108 North First Street, Jena, LA; and Jena Town Hall, 2908 East Oak Street, Jena, LA. The Draft EA can also be accessed online at the DOTD's website. Click on the "H.000758.2 US 84 Widening" Folder under the "Environmental" heading.
Detailed information on the EA will be presented at the Public Hearing, including project alternatives and information on wetlands, right-of-way acquisition, and relocation assistance. Representatives of DOTD will be present to answer questions related to the project. All interested persons are invited to attend. The Public Hearing format will be an open house with looping presentation and handout. Oral comments will be received at the Hearing. Written comments may also be submitted at the Hearing, or may be mailed to the following address, postmarked by April 13, 2014:
C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC
Attn: US 84
445 North Boulevard, Suite 601
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Should you require special assistance due to a disability in order to participate in this public hearing, please contact C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC by telephone at (225) 344-6701 at least five (5) working days prior to the public hearing date.
For more information relating to the hearing, contact Ms. Mikeila Nagura, Deputy Project Manager, C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC at Mikeila@fenstermaker.com or (225) 344-6701; or Mr. Robert Lott, Assistant Environmental Engineer, DOTD at Robert.Lott@la.gov or (225) 242-4504.
For media inquiries, please contact Mr. Rodney Mallett, Public Relations Director, DOTD, at email@example.com or (225) 379-1275.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD), in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), propose to widen approximately 5.7 miles of US Hwy 84 from Hwy 772 to just east of Hair Creek Bridge in LaSalle Parish, LA.
LADOTD and FHWA held a public meeting on July 12, 2012, as a part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The objective of that meeting was to seek input from individuals and community organizations on issues and concerns related to the potential impacts associated with the proposed widening. During the public comment period, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) responded with recommendations to include additional potential historic districts along the project corridor. After LADOTD's consultants conducted additional field work and research, the recommendations were incorporated into the Draft EA.
In accordance with NEPA and the commitment to incorporate public involvement throughout the project process, we are notifying you of these revisions to the Draft EA and providing updated maps for your information.
If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact:
Ms. Mikeila Nagura, Deputy Project Manager, CH Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC, at Mikeila@fenstermaker.com or (225) 344-6701; or
Mr. Robert Lott, Assistant Environmental Engineer, LADOTD, at Robert.Lott@la.gov or (225) 242-4504.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is proposing to improve mobility and transportation
efficiency along US 84 from Highway 772 to east of Hair Creek Bridge in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana.