Old Tamiami Trail Modifications
The National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Jacksonville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), is pleased to announce the availability of the Old Tamiami Trail Modifications Environmental Assessment (EA) for public review.
This EA evaluates options for modifying an original 5.7-mile segment of Old Tamiami Trail located along the northern boundary of Everglades National Park (the park) as proposed in the USACE Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in 2014.
The purpose of the Old Tamiami Trail Modifications Project is to enhance sheetflow from Water Conservation Area (WCA) 3A into the park's Shark River Slough via the S-12C and S-12D water control structures, as envisioned in the CEPP. The purpose is also to enhance the natural resources of the park and WCA 3A by improving marsh connectivity and wetland functioning.
The EA evaluates two action alternatives, describes the environment that would be affected by the alternatives, and assesses the environmental consequences of implementing the alternatives.
Alternative 1 would remove 4.0 miles of the 5.7-mile roadway and modify the adjacent canal to connect it to the Everglades. A 1.7-mile segment of roadway would be retained, cleared of vegetation, and made available for visitor use and interpretation of the role of Old Tamiami Trail in South Florida's transportation history.
Alternative 2, the NPS proposed action, would remove 5.45 miles of the roadway and modify the adjacent canal to connect it to the Everglades. A 0.25-mile segment of roadway would be retained, cleared of vegetation, and made available for visitor use and interpretation of Old Tamiami Trail's role in South Florida's transportation history.
Under both alternatives, the retained segment would be adjacent to, and accessible from, the park's Shark Valley Entrance. NPS also evaluated the impacts of a no-action alternative, which would not alter the 5.7-mile segment of the Old Tamiami Trail.
The EA will be on public review for a minimum of 30 days, with written comments accepted through January 13, 2018. The document is available for review and comment by clicking the "Open for Comment" link on the left side of the screen.
Comments may also be mailed to the address below:
Everglades National Park
ATTN: Agnes McLean, Old Tamiami Trail EA
950 N. Krome Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
Thank you for your interest in Everglades National Park. We look forward to hearing from you.
Director, South Florida Natural Resources Center
950 N Krome Ave, 3rd Floor
Homestead, FL 33030