What is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
is an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
All public works projects have
impacts on the community in which they are built. Each alternative considered has vastly different effects on
various aspects of that community, and the purpose of the EIS is to
evaluate those alternatives, with all of the impacts and implications,
and recommend a preferred alternative that will meet the purpose and
needs of the project while considering how that alternative will impact
In order to evaluate all of the
practical alternatives that are available for the rehabilitation or
replacement of the Sakonnet River Bridge, an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) is being developed.
An EIS is prepared in conjunction
with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to examine all of the
environmental and socioeconomic impacts that would result from the
implementation of potential alternatives.
Through an interactive process
with the community and regulatory agencies such as FHWA, US Coast Guard,
and RI Coastal Resources Management, each alternative for either full
rehabilitation or complete replacement is evaluated.
Determining the impacts on such important aspects is accomplished
through a number of studies such as:
How does the EIS process work?
The EIS process for the Sakonnet
River Bridge Project began with a ‘Notice of Intent’, which notified
all interested parties that an EIS was to be prepared for the project.
Following the ‘Notice of
Intent’, a Scoping Meeting was held in October 1999.
The purpose of the Scoping Meeting was to describe the project to
potentially affected agencies and citizens, and to define the scope of
A public comment period was held
open for 45 days after the Scoping meeting, during which time written
comments were received from agencies, municipalities, and the public.
Based on the input received during the scooping process, RIDOT
identified the concerns of the affected agencies and citizens,
identified the cooperating agencies, and defined the issues and
potential alternatives that would be evaluated in the EIS.
Subsequent to the comment period,
a preliminary conceptual study was conducted to identify alternatives,
identify impacts, study alignments, investigate right-of-way
requirements, develop preliminary estimates, and study potential
structure types for new bridge alternatives.
During this conceptual study, several alternatives were evaluated
and removed from further consideration.
In addition, 5 alternatives were selected for further detailed
evaluation in the EIS. More
details are available in Chapter 2 of the Draft EIS (DEIS). CLICK
HERE to view the DEIS.
Information gathered throughout
the Scoping Process and Preliminary Conceptual Study period was
evaluated against the outlined Purpose and Needs of the project, as well
as the project requirements.
Each of the 5 alternatives was investigated in
conjunction with the relative impacts of each as determined by the
outlined studies. This
information was outlined and discussed in the Draft EIS (DEIS).
The DEIS recommends a preferred alternative and was made
available to the public on July 13, 2001.
A public and agency comment period
will be held open for 45 days from July 13, 2001, and a Public Hearing
will be held on September 7, 2001.
After consideration of comments received during the DEIS comment period, the preferred alternative will be further developed and evaluated during the Final EIS (FEIS).
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