CEQ: Environmental Monitor - Current Issue

{Environmental Monitor}
 
May 17, 2016
 
 

  1. Environmental Assessment for Off-Airport Tree Obstruction Removal, Windham Airport

 

  2. Intersection Improvements Route 34 and Route 490 at I-84 Interchange 11 Ramps, Newtown

 

  3. NEW! Improvements to I-84 Interchange 17, Chase Parkway Extension, Routes 63 & 64 Middlebury & Waterbury

 

  4. NEW! Safety and Operational Improvements on I-84, West Hartford

 

  5. NEW! Rehabilitation / Replacement of Saugatuck River Bridge # 01349 at Route 136, Westport

 

  6. NEW! Marlborough Town Center Public Water System Phase II, Marlborough

                                  

      

  1. UConn Student Recreation Center, Mansfield

  

  2. NEW! Downtown Crossing Phase II, New Haven

 


  1. New Parking Garage at Union Station, New Haven
 
  2. NEW! Installation of Wildlife Hazard Deterrent Fence at Groton - New London Airport
 
 
  No State Land Transfer Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.
                     

          

The next edition of the Environmental Monitor will be published on  June 7, 2016.
 
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Notices in the Environmental Monitor are written by the sponsoring agencies and are published unedited. Questions about the content of any notice should be directed to the sponsoring agency.
 

Scoping Notices

"Scoping" is for projects in the earliest stages of planning.  At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist.  Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study.  Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.
 

The following Scoping Notices have been submitted for review and comment.

 

1. Notice of Environmental Assessment for the Connecticut Airport Authority (CAA) Off-Airport Tree Obstruction Removal at the Windham Airport

 

Municipality where project is proposed: Town of Windham.

 

Address of Possible Project Location: Airport Road, Windham, CT (off of US Route 6).  

 

Project Description: Preparation of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) environmental document as required to evaluate the potential impacts associated with tree obstruction removal in areas surrounding Windham Airport. The evaluation addresses tree obstruction removals associated with Federally-defined airspace surfaces surrounding the airport necessary for the continued safe operation of aircraft.  Objects that penetrate these surfaces are classified as obstructions by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

The project sponsoring agencies, the Connecticut Aviation Authority (CAA), and FAA have identified that trees penetrate the airspace at Windham Airport, including locations beyond the airport property boundaries. Per FAA practice, review of off-airport obstruction removal should be evaluated and documented via a NEPA Environmental Assessment (EA) and state CEPA Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE). This project includes the identification of each affected property owner and associated parcels (both public and private) with anticipated obstruction removals.

 

Project Diagram: Project maps can be found at the following location:

 

http://windhamairport.caa-analysis.com/project-documents/

 

The EA/EIE can be viewed in person at:

Mansfield Public Library

55 Warrenville Road

Mansfield Center, CT 06250


The EA/EIE can also be found on the study website:

 

http://windhamairport.caa-analysis.com/project-documents/

 

Written comments on this EA/EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: Monday, May 31, 2016.   

 

Written comments should be sent to:

Name:

Mr. Robert J. Bruno, Director of Planning, Engineering, & Environmental

Agency:

Connecticut Airport Authority

Address:

334 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Suite 160

 

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Phone:

(860) 254-5516

E-Mail:

environmental@ctairports.org

 

The CAA is holding an informal Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, March 29th 2016 from 7 to 9 PM, at the Mansfield Public Library in the Buchanan Auditorium (55 Warrenville Road, Mansfield Center, CT 06250). A formal public hearing has not been scheduled.


2. Notice of Scoping for  Intersection Improvements: Route 34 (Berkshire Rd.) at SR 490 (Wasserman Way), Route 34 (Berkshire Road) at Toddy Hill Road,  and SR 490 (Wasserman Way) at I-84 Interchange 11 Ramps

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Newtown

Address of Possible Project Location: Route 34 (Berkshire Rd.) at SR 490 (Wasserman Way), Route 34 (Berkshire Road) at Toddy Hill Road,  and SR 490 (Wasserman Way) at I-84 Interchange 11 Ramps

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to address congestion and improve traffic operations at a key junction between the major commuter routes of I-84 Interchange 11 ramps, Route 34 (Berkshire Road), and Route 25 via SR 490 (Wasserman Way). 

The length of the proposed project area is 2600' along Route 34, 3700' along the I-84 ramps, 1500' along Wasserman Way, and approximately 100' on Toddy Hill Road.  A bridge replacement project on Toddy Hill Road is currently programmed for construction under the town's state-funded bridge replacement project and is not part of these improvements.

The proposed improvements will address extensive congestion, improve traffic operations and safety by providing auxiliary turning lanes, improved geometry at intersections, and by constructing a slip ramp from Route 34 West Bound (WB) to access the I-84 East Bound (EB) and WB ramps. 

Improvements include widening the roadway on Route 34 and Wasserman Way, adding turning lanes at the intersections, improving the sightlines at the Route 34 and Toddy Hill Road intersection by lowering the roadway profile, upgrading existing drainage, and constructing a retaining wall under the I-84 overpass to accommodate the proposed widening.  The off-ramp from I-84 at the Exit 11 interchange will be reconfigured to accommodate an additional turn lane and realigned to normalize the intersection with Wasserman Way.  The I-84 EB ramp will be realigned slightly north to accommodate the proposed slip ramp from Route 34.  Route 34 will be widened at the westerly project limit to accommodate a WB bypass width shoulder for the High School driveway.  The existing commuter lot located on Wasserman Way will be partially reconstructed.  Illumination will be upgraded on the I-84 ramps as part of this project.  

New traffic signals will replace the existing signals on Route 34 at Wasserman Way and on Wasserman Way at the I-84 ramp termini.  A major upgrade to the traffic signal on Route 34 at Toddy Hill Road is also proposed.

Improvements to bicycle, pedestrian and commuter accommodations will be incorporated where possible.  Four foot minimum shoulders will be included and 5 foot shoulders may be included where possible.  Sidewalks are proposed along the south side of Route 34 from the Newtown High School to Toddy Hill Road, and along Wasserman Way from the Route 34 intersection south to Oakview Road.  Sidewalk is also proposed on Wasserman Way to the commuter lot. 

Project Maps:  Click here to view location maps of the project area.

                          Click here to view the proposed project concept map.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday May 20, 2016 

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.  Such requests must be made by Friday April 29, 2016. 

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:
Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Policy and Planning
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
E-Mail:

If you have questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
Name: Mr. Neil M. Patel, Transportation Supervising Engineer
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-3411
E-Mail:



3. Notice of Scoping for  Improvements on I-84 at Interchange 17; Construction of Chase Parkway Extension, and Operational Improvements on Route 63 and Route 64 

Municipalities where proposed project might be located: Town of Middlebury & City of Waterbury

Possible Project LocationsThe project is located off of Interstate 84 (I-84) westbound (WB) at Interchange 17, SR 845 (Chase Parkway), Route 63 and Route 64 in the Town of Middlebury and City of Waterbury.   

The project limits on I-84 WB Exit 17 off-ramp begin approximately 700' prior to the existing exit ramp and extend to the intersection of SR 845 and Route 64 for a total length of 1,600'.

The project limits on the eastbound (EB) I-84 ramp begin  at the intersection of Route 64/SR 845 and extend approximately 1,300' along the ramp.

The project limits on Route 64 begin approximately 450' west of Ferndale Avenue and extend to the intersection of SR 845 (Chase Parkway) for approximately 2,600'.

The project limits on Route 63 begin at the intersection of Woodside Avenue and extend approximately 700' beyond the intersection of Route 64 for a total of 2,250'.

The proposed improvements on SR 845 begin approximately 600' north of the intersection of Route 64 and extend approximately 1,300' with the construction of a new Chase Parkway

Project Description:  The proposed improvements, which address traffic operational issues, include modifying the I-84 Interchange 17; installing new traffic signal at the intersection of State Road (SR) 845 and Route 64; constructing a new two-way connector (Chase Parkway Extension) between Route 63 and Route 64; and providing a new Park and Ride facility and multi-use trail. 

The proposed improvements to Interchange 17 also include lengthening the I-84 WB deceleration lane by approximately 500' and adding a second lane to the off-ramp to increase the ramp storage capacity.  The intersection of Route 64, SR 845, and the Exit 17 off-ramp will be realigned and a new traffic signal will be installed.  The EB I-84 on-ramp will be widened to two (2) lanes from the intersection of the Route 64/SR 845 and will converge to a single lane 1,000 feet prior to merging with I-84 East. 

It is also proposed to construct "Chase Parkway Extension", a new connector road (with an adjacent multi-use trail) from the new signalized intersection of Route 64/SR 845 and the I-84 WB Exit 17 off-ramp to the existing signalized intersection of Route 63 and Woodside Avenue.   

It is proposed to widen approximately 1,250 feet of Route 63 from two (2) to four (4) lanes and modify the approaches to Route 64 to provide three (3) lanes from the SB approach (dedicated left-turn, through, and dedicated right-turn).  The existing traffic signal at the intersection will be modified/upgraded.

It is proposed to widen approximately 1,600 feet of Route 64 from two (2) to four (4) lanes beginning at the intersection of Route 63 to SR 845.  Additionally, the vertical profile along Route 64 will be lowered to improve sight distance.

Additional proposed improvements include the construction of a Park and Ride lot at the southeast corner of Route 63 and the proposed Chase Parkway Extension; the construction of a cul-de-sac at the south end of Kelly Road Extension; and drainage system upgrades throughout the project area including replacement of culverts conveying watercourses affected by the proposed improvements. 

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area.

                         Click here to view Preliminary Design Plans.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday June 17, 2016

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.  Such requests must be made by the close of business on Friday May 27, 2016.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Policy and Planning
Address:
2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Fax: 860-594-3028
E-Mail: dot.environmentalplanning@ct.gov

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Name: Mr. Sebastian Cannamela, Project Manager
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Address:
2800 Berlin Turnpike
Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-2698

E-Mail: Sebastian.Cannamela@ct.gov



4. Notice of Scoping for Safety and Operational Improvements on I-84

Municipality where proposed project might be located: West Hartford

Possible Project Location: On I-84 Eastbound (EB) and Westbound (WB) between Exit 39A (Route 9 South) and Exit 43 (Park Road) 

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to provide safety and operational improvements to address concerns with congestion and traffic operations on I-84 in the Town of West Hartford.   

To address existing congestion concerns and projected traffic volumes on I-84 WB, an additional thru travel lane is proposed from the Park Road on-ramp to Exit 39A (Route 9 south) by widening I-84 towards the median.  The fourth thru lane will reduce congestion and crash frequencies between the closely spaced interchanges by improving weaving operations.  To address congestion concerns, improve acceleration/deceleration lanes and reduce crash frequencies on I-84 EB, an auxiliary lane is proposed between Exit 40 (New Britain Avenue-Ridgewood Road) and Exit 41 (Route 173-South Main Street).  To accommodate the auxiliary lane, I-84 will be widened towards the median.

The proposed thru lane in the westbound direction will start at the on-ramp from Park Road and end as an "Exit Only" lane to the Exit 39A off ramp to Route 9 south for a distance of approximately 9,500 feet. 

An auxiliary lane in the eastbound direction will be constructed and start at the Exit 40 on-ramp from New Britain Avenue and will end at the Exit 41 off-ramp to South Main Street for a distance of approximately 2,800 feet.  The inside and outside shoulders in both directions will be brought to current design standards.

Two bridges at I-84 eastbound and I-84 westbound over Berkshire Road will be replaced completely.  The I-84 westbound bridge over Ridgewood Road will be widened and the superstructure will be replaced. 

The project also includes the mill and overlay of the existing travel lanes, addition of the concrete barrier curb and construction of noise barrier walls, installation of guide railing and overhead/side mounted sign structures, highway drainage improvements, and the minor relocation of some highway illumination. 

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday June 17, 2016

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.  Such requests must be made by Friday May 27, 2016.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Policy and Planning
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Fax: 860-594-3028
E-Mail: dot.environmentalplanning@ct.gov

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
Name: Mr. Ahsan K. Saghir, Project Manager
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-2076

E-Mail: Ahsan.Saghir@ct.gov



5. Notice of Scoping for Major Rehabilitation or Replacement of Bridge No. 01349 (William Cribari Memorial Bridge): Route 136 over the Saugatuck River

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Westport

Possible Project Location:  Bridge No. 01349 (William Cribari Memorial Bridge) carrying Route 136 over the Saugatuck River 

Project Description: The current phase of this project involves completion of the Rehabilitation Studies Report (RSR) for the subject project historic swing bridge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  This bridge project was originally initiated under the presumption that it would require rehabilitation work, primarily to vehicular collision-damaged truss elements and corroded pile cross bracing. The on-going findings in the RSR have revealed substantially more structural deficiencies and significant highway functionality deficiencies.  The cost to address the structural deficiencies may require major rehabilitation of the structure at a much greater construction cost than originally estimated.  Due to a projected high cost of major bridge rehabilitation work, a complete bridge replacement option is also being studied in the RSR, to provide a base line cost comparison between bridge rehabilitation and bridge replacement.

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday July 1, 2016

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project at:

DATEWednesday June 15, 2016

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

PLACE: Westport Town Hall Auditorium, 110 Myrtle Avenue, Westport, CT 06880

NOTES:The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this hearing and requiring an interpreter must make arrangements by contacting the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications at 860-594-3062 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the hearing.

Written comments should be sent to:
Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Policy and Planning
Address:
2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Fax: 860-594-3028
E-Mail: dot.environmentalplanning@ct.gov

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:
Name: Ms. Priti S. Bhardwaj, Transportation Supervising Engineer
Agency:
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
Phone: 860-594-3311
E-Mail: Priti.Bhardwaj@ct.gov


6. Notice of Scoping for Marlborough Town Center Public Water System Phase II

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Marlborough

Address of Possible Project Location: East Hampton Road, School Drive and Independence Drive

Project DescriptionCurrently, the Marlborough Town Center Water System consists of 4,100 linear feet of 12” water main, a well field, and storage capacity of 17,500 gallons. The Town of Marlborough has received a Small Town Economic Assistance Program Grant (STEAP) from the CT Office of Policy and Management to add approximately 1050 feet of 12” water main and additional storage tank capacity of 25,000 to 30,000 gallons. 

The project will extend the water main west on Rte. 66 (East Hampton Road) to School Drive.  Additional water main will be installed on School Drive to complete the water system distribution loop. Also, the project will include the installation of water main on Independence Drive to serve the existing businesses and a mixed-use zoned area. 

There is a plume of pollution within the Marlborough Town Center from an identified site that that is migrating off-site affecting individual water supply wells of many properties. The completion of this project will resolve the long-term water quality issues relating to historic lead gasoline and more recent MTBE gasoline pollution migration to potable water supplies on individual properties within the Marlborough Town Center Area. Additionally, the properties within and adjacent to the project area lack a reliable water supply. These commercial and residential property owners routinely bring in water tankers from several days to weeks at a time to supply adequate potable water since their wells are unable to meet the daily demand of the property. 

The completion of the water main loop to School Drive will allow water to circulate to prevent possible stagnation related water quality issues within the water system, while, providing adequate water pressure and water storage volume within the system and provide users with a consistently reliable clean potable water supply.

Project Map: Click here for a map of the project area.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday, June 17, 2016.

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.  Such requests must be made by Friday, May 27, 2016.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Mr. Eric McPhee
Agency:
Department of Public Health
Drinking Water Section
Address:
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #51WAT
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Fax: 860-509-7359
E-Mail: DPH.SourceProtection@ct.gov 

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Name: Patricia Bisacky
Agency:
Department of Public Health
Drinking Water Section
Address:
410 Capitol Avenue, MS #51WAT
PO Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
Phone: 860-509-7333
Fax: 860-509-7359
E-Mail: Patricia.Bisacky@ct.gov

 
Post-Scoping Notices:  Environmental Impact Evaluation Not Required
 
This category is required by the October 2010 revision of the Generic Environmental Classification Document for State Agencies. A notice is published here if the sponsoring agency, after publication of a scoping notice and consideration of comments received, has determined that an  Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) does not need to be prepared for the proposed project.
 

The Following Post-Scoping Notices have been submitted for publication in this edition.

1. Post-Scoping Notice for Construction of Student Recreation Center


Municipality where project will be located: Mansfield


CEPA Determination:  On February 2, 2016 the University of Connecticut published a Notice of Scoping to solicit public comments for this project in the Environmental Monitor.  Comments were received from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, the Town of Mansfield, the Department of Health, and a private citizen.  The comments and responses are found in the Environmental Assessment  Review document. The University has taken those comments into consideration and has concluded that the project does not require the preparation of Environmental Impact Evaluation under CEPA.


The agency's conclusion is documented in an Environmental Assessment Review and the Memo of Findings and Determination.


If you have questions about the project, you can contact the agency at:

Name

 
Paul Ferri
 

Agency:

University of Connecticut

Address:

 
31 Ledoyt Rd, Unit 3055
Storrs, CT 06269-3055

 

Phone:

 
(860) 486-9295

Email:

paul.ferri@uconn.edu

What happens next: The University of Connecticut expects the project to go forward. This is expected to be the final notice of the project to be published in the Environmental Monitor.



2. Post-Scoping Notice for Downtown Crossing - Phase II


Municipality where project will be located: New Haven, CT


CEPA Determination:  On March 17, 2015 the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development published a Notice of Scoping  to solicit public comments for this project in the Environmental Monitor.  Comments were received from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection  and the Department of Public Health.  The  Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development has taken those comments into consideration and has concluded that the project does not require the preparation of Environmental Impact Evaluation under CEPA.     


The agency's conclusion is documented in an Environmental Assessment Checklist and Memo of Findings and Determination.        


If you have questions about the project, you can contact the agency at:


Name:

Ms. Binu Chandy

Agency:

CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development

Address:

505 Hudson Street, Hartford CT 06016

Phone:

860.270.8154

Fax:

860.706.5740

E-Mail:

binu.chandy@ct.gov

What happens next: The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development expects the project to go forward. This is expected to be the final notice of the project to be published in the Environmental Monitor.


 
 

After Scoping, an agency that wishes to undertake an action that could significantly affect the environment must produce, for public review and comment, a detailed written evaluation of the expected environmental impacts. This is called an Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE).


The following EIE Notice has been submitted for review and comment.

1. Notice of EIE for New Parking Garage at Union Station

Municipality where project is proposed: New Haven

Address of Possible Project Location: Union Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519 

Project Description:  The Connecticut Department of Transportation (Department) is proposing to construct a new multi-level parking facility for Union Station in the City of New Haven.  The project area is State of Connecticut property located north of the station and is currently being used as a commuter parking lot.  The proposed parking facility will accommodate approximately 1000 parking spaces, thereby expanding commuter parking at the station to address existing and future parking needs.  The facility will be designed with consideration to the historic significance, scale, and aesthetic quality of the station building.  Stairtowers and a pedestrian bridge (proposed under another project) will allow passengers to access railroad platforms via an overhead route or via the existing route through the station and tunnel.  All work will be performed while the existing garage is kept in operation.  Occasional modifications to traffic flow at the garage driveways will be necessary to accommodate construction. 

Project Map:  Click here to view a map of the project area.

Comments on this EIE will be accepted until the close of business on: Monday June 20, 2016

The public can view a copy of this EIE at: This document is available for public inspection at the Connecticut Department of Transportation Bureau of Policy and Planning (Room 2155), 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT; New Haven Town Clerk's Office, 200 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06510; New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06510; Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106; and the South Central Regional Council of Governments, 127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West, North Haven, CT 06473. 

The EIE is also available online at: www.ct.gov/environmentaldocuments

There is a public hearing scheduled for this EIE on

 
        DATEMonday June 6, 2016

TIME: 6:00 p.m.

PLACE: Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven, CT 0651

NOTES: The hearing location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  Deaf and hearing impaired persons wishing to attend this hearing and requiring an interpreter must make arrangements by contacting the Department of Transportation's Office of Communications at 860-594-3062 (voice only) at least five working days prior to the hearing.

Send your comments about this EIE to:

Name: Mr. Mark W. Alexander, Transportation Assistant Planning Director
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bureau of Policy and Planning
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
E-Mail: dot.environmentalplanning@ct.gov
If you have questions about the public hearing, or where you can review this EIE, or similar matters, please contact:

Name: Mr. Keith A. Hall, Project Manager
Agency: Connecticut Department of Transportation, Bureau of Engineering and Construction
Address: 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06131
E-Mail: Keith.A.Hall@ct.gov
Phone: 860-594-3301


 
2. Notice of EIE for Installation of Wildlife Hazard Deterrent Fence at Connecticut Airport Authority's (CAA) Groton-New London Airport

Municipality where project is proposed:  Town of Groton

Address of Possible Project Location:  Groton – New London Airport, 155 Tower Ave, Groton, CT 06340

Project Description:   This DRAFT Environmental Assessment (EA)/Environmental Impact Evaluation (EIE) was prepared to satisfy the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) to address potential impacts associated with the installation of a wildlife deterrent fence while providing the opportunity for public involvement and comments, since the project is partially funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The airport is a public-use General Aviation airport located entirely in the Town of Groton, Connecticut owned and operated by the CAA.

The purpose of the project was to enclose the entire Groton – New London Airport with an 8 foot chain link fence with a 3 foot horizontal burrowing deterrent chain link “skirt” attached to the bottom and 3 strands of barbed wire on the top, in accordance with FAA specifications. The need for the proposed project is to protect aircraft and their passengers from hazardous conditions at the airport as a result of medium to large sized wildlife, including deer, coyote, raccoons and woodchuck, from entering the airport property.  The airport is currently surrounded on the three landward sides by a wildlife fence.  The project would have included inspection of and repairs to this fence, as well as the installation of additional fencing.

The public can view a copy of the Project Map depicting the proposed action and alternatives, and a copy of the DRAFT EIE at:  http://public.ctairports.org/dl/GON-Fence/

Written comments on this DRAFT EIE will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday, July 1, 2016.


Written comments should be sent to:

Name:

Mr. Robert J. Bruno, Director of Planning, Engineering & Environmental

Agency:

Connecticut Airport Authority

Address:

334 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Suite 160

 

Windsor Locks, CT 06096

Phone:

(860) 254-5516

E-Mail:

environmental@ctairports.org


A formal public hearing has not been scheduled.  A public informational meeting has been scheduled for 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at:

City of Groton Municipal Building Auditorium

295 Meridian Street

Groton, CT  06340

The sponsoring agency (CAA) shall hold a public hearing on the draft evaluation if twenty-five persons or an association having not less than twenty-five persons requests such a hearing by Friday, May 27, 2016.

If you have questions, contact Mr. Bruno above.


 


Connecticut General Statutes Section 4b-47  requires public notice of most proposed sales and transfers of state-owned lands. The public has an opportunity to comment on any such proposed transfer. Each notice includes an address where comments should be sent. Read more about the process. 


No State Land Transfer Notice has been submitted for publication in this edition.



 
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