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FTP 2A16 and 2D17 Bridge Rehabilitation/Replacement

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FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT (FONSI) SIGNED FOR PROJECTS BLRI 2A16 AND BLRI 2D17, BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, ASHE AND ALLEGHANY COUNTIES, NORTH CAROLINA

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the National Park Service (NPS), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is making available the signed Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Environmental Assessment (EA) prepared for two NPS/FHWA bridge improvement projects. The FONSI was signed on August 12, 2019.

The FONSI can be found in the "Document List" link to the left.

Project 2A16 would rehabilitate three historic bridges along the Blue Ridge Parkway while maintaining the historic character of the bridges to the maximum extent practicable. Project 2D17 involves the replacement of a larger historic bridge, Laurel Fork Bridge, which would be designed with consideration given to the historic character of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the original bridge. The bridges have been deemed structurally deficient with deteriorating decks and substandard height bridge rails. The proposed projects will address structural deficiencies and improve safety by meeting current roadway design standards, including installation of crashworthy railings.

Included as part of the FONSI:

Appendix A: Non-Impairment Determination in accordance with NPS Management Policies 2006, Section 1.4.4.

Appendix B: Errata Responses to Public Comments

Appendix C: Memorandum of Agreement among the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, Shawnee Tribe, Catawba Indian Nation, Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (NCSHPO) pursuant to 36 CFR ยง 800.6.

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