Tuesday, August 03, 2010

FHWA issues 'No Action Alternative' for TTC-35

Final Federal Agency Actions on Trans-Texas Corridor 35 (TTC-35) in Texas


A Notice by the Federal Highway Administration
Federal Register
Copyright 2010

Read the full Federal Highway Administration Record of Decision HERE.


This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). The actions relate to a proposed transportation project, TTC-35, extending from the Texas-Oklahoma line to the City of Laredo, generally paralleling existing I-35 in the State of Texas.


By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before January 31, 2011. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period of less than 180 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time period still applies.

For further information contact:

Mr. Gregory Punske, P.E., District Engineer, District B (South), Federal Highway Administration, 300 East 8th Street, Room 826 Austin, Texas 78701; telephone: (512) 536-5960; e-mail:gregory.punske@fhwa.dot.gov. The FHWA Texas Division Office's normal business hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (central time) Monday through Friday. You may also contact Dianna Noble, P.E., Texas Department of Transportation, Environmental Affairs Division, 118 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, Texas 78704; telephone: (512) 416-2734; e-mail:dnoble@dot.state.tx.us. The Texas Department of Transportation's normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (central time) Monday through Friday.

Supplementary information:

Notice is hereby given that the FHWA has taken final agency actions by issuing approval for the No Action Alternative for the following transportation project in the State of Texas: The TTC-35 project as proposed generally parallels I-35 from the Texas-Oklahoma state line to the City of Laredo. TTC-35 was envisioned as a multi-modal corridor to meet the transportation challenges of the I-35 corridor. EIS No. 20100133. The actions by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are described in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the project, approved on February 24, 2010, in the FHWA Record of Decision (ROD) issued on July 20, 2010 and in other documents in the FHWA administrative record. The FEIS, ROD, and other documents in the FHWA administrative record file are available by contacting the FHWA or the Texas Department of Transportation at the addresses provided above.

This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, including but not limited to:

1. General: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321- 4335]; Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109].

2. Air: Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671(q).

3. Land: Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. 303].

4. Wildlife: Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531-1544] Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act [16 U.S.C. 661-667(d)], Migratory Bird Treaty Act [16 U.S.C. 703-712].

5. Historic and Cultural Resources: Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended [16 U.S.C. 470(f)et seq.]; Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1977 [16 U.S.C. 470(aa)-(11)]ogical and Historic Preservation Act [16 U.S.C. 469-469(c)].

6. Social and Economic: Civil Rights Act of 1964 [42 U.S.C. 2000(d)-2000(d)(1)]; Farmland Protection Policy Act (FPPA) [7 U.S.C. 4201-4209].

7. Wetlands and Water Resources: Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251-1342; Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), 16 U.S.C. 4601-4604.

8. Executive Orders: E.O. 11990 Protection of Wetlands; E.O. 11988 Floodplain Management; E.O. 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low Income Populations; E.O. 11514 Protection and Enhancement of Environmental Quality.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)


23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

Issued on: July 27, 2010. Gregory S. Punske,

District Engineer, Austin, Texas.

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