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PROJECT UPDATE: US 84
Public Hearing Materials

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

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Place: Nolley Memorial United Methodist Church, 2239 East Oak Street, Jena, LA
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 meeting in an open house format for the proposed widening along US 84 from Hwy 772 to just east of Hair Creek Bridge. The purpose of the open house is to provide information and receive comments on a revision to the Preferred Alternative - Alternative 4. Representatives from DOTD, FHWA, and its consultants will be at the open house to answer questions and discuss issues related to the project. Interested citizens are encouraged to attend!

Meeting History: DOTD and FHWA held a public meeting on July 12, 2012, as a part of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. The objective of this meeting was to seek input from individuals and community organizations on issues and concerns related to potential impacts associated with the proposed widening. Four alternatives were presented at the meeting and based on public input two were chosen to move forward for further study (2B and 4).

A public hearing was held on March 26, 2014. The purpose of the hearing was to present the Preferred Alternative and receive public input. During the public comment period, 39 community members responded with recommendations to reduce potential impacts to four oak trees on the property of Nolley Memorial UMC as well as reduce potential encroachment on the gravesite of the church's founder Rev. Richmond Nolley. DOTD and FHWA concurred on addressing these concerns while still in the Environmental stage.

Written comments may be submitted at the meeting, emailed to Mikeila@fenstermaker.com, or mailed to the following address, postmarked by August 16, 2014:

Mikeila Nagura
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 meeting, please contact C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates, LLC by telephone at (225) 344-6701 at least five (5) working days prior to the public meeting 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 dotdpi@la.gov or (225) 379-1275.



  • Public Hearing Presentation
  • Public Hearing Handout
  • Comment Form
  • Exhibit 1 - Alternatives Overview
  • Exhibit 2 - Alternative 2B
  • Exhibit 3 - Alternative 4, the preferred alternative
  • Exhibit 4 - Typical Sections
  • Exhibit 5 - Proposed Historic Districts
  • Exhibit 6 - Alternative Screening Matrix

  • Provide your comments by phone, mail, or email to:
    Ms. Mikeila Nagura, ATTN: US 84
    445 North Blvd. Ste. 601, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802
    (225) 344-6701
    Mikeila@Fenstermaker.com

    Please provide your comments by April 13, 2014, to be included for the project record. A public hearing summary will be made available after the comment period closes."



    "NEWS RELEASE"
    REVISED March 6, 2014

    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 adtress, postmarked by April 13, 2014:

    Mikeila Nagura
    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 dotdpi@la.gov or (225) 379-1275.



    Download US 84 CR Maps in PDF Format

    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 adtitional potential historic districts along the project corridor. After LADOTD's consultants conducted adtitional 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.


    PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY JULY 12, 2012

    Download Public Meeting Summary (PDF Format)

    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.
      
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