The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for large, federally-funded projects like I-69 ORX, was published on December 14, 2018.
The DEIS is a tool for decision making. The information gathered will allow executive leadership in both states to make an informed decision to deliver I-69 ORX.
THE NEPA PROCESS
- Assessment of the social, economic and environmental impacts of a proposed project
- Analysis of a range of reasonable alternatives to the proposed project, based on project’s defined purpose and need
- Consideration of measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate potential impacts
- Interagency coordination and consultation
- Public involvement, including opportunities to participate and comment
- Documentation and disclosure
- A record of decision from FHWA, which identifies the final preferred alternative
PURPOSE AND NEED
- Provide cross-river system linkage and connectivity between I-69 in Indiana and I-69 in Kentucky that is compatible with the National I-69 corridor
- Develop a solution to address long-term cross-river mobility
- Create a cross-river connection that reduces traffic congestion and delay
- Improve safety for cross-river traffic