I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study SDEIS Comment Period Extended

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced a 15-day extension of the public comment period for the SDEIS. The Managed Lanes Study will accept comments through 11:59 p.m. on November…

MDOT SHA, Federal Highway Administration Publish I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS)

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study. The Study considers ways to relieve congestion and improve trip reliability, mobility and connectivity for modes of travel, including transit, in the National Capital Region.

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Comment Period Has Ended

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) concluded the extended public comment period for the I-495 & I-270 Managed Lanes Study Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation, which was open for over 120 days from July 10, 2020 to November 9, 2020.

Related extended public comment periods for the Joint Permit Application (JPA), for the Alteration of Any Floodplain, Waterway, Tidal or Nontidal Wetland in Maryland by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) have also concluded.

Comments were accepted during the extended public comment period through multiple methods including oral testimony, online comment form, email, and letter. MDOT SHA and FHWA will review and consider all comments received, perform additional analyses, as needed, and respond to substantive comments in the Study’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). To account for the extended public comment period and to ensure we have time to take a hard look at all the comments and collaborate with stakeholders, MDOT SHA and FHWA are evaluating the timeline for release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), Joint Federal/State Application (JPA) Posted

FHWA and MDOT SHA have completed the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation for the Managed Lanes Study, with the Notice of Availability published in the Federal Register on July 10, 2020. The Joint Federal/State Application (JPA) for the Alteration of Any Floodplain, Waterway, Tidal or Nontidal Wetland in Maryland has also been received by the Maryland Department of Environment and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Public and agency comments on the DEIS and JPA will be accepted between July 10 and October 8, 2020.

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