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I-5 Willamette River Bridge (Eugene/Springfield)
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Revised Environmental Assessment (REA)
Throughout 2007, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was developed in order to determine a range of potential bridge types, assess possible bridge-related impacts and recommend mitigation measures. After the EA was published in January 2008, ODOT prepared a Revised Environmental Assessment (REA) that incorporated changes based on public comments. The REA supported a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) which avoids the need for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and recommends proceeding with a build alternative.
 
ODOT was also required to submit applications for local land use plan amendments before the FONSI could be approved by the Federal Highway Administration. The cities of Springfield and Eugene and Lane County approved the proposed amendments to the Metro Plan in July 2008 and the FONSI was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in November 2008.
 
The full text of the Revised EA document is available here: 
 
Questions
Questions or requests for copies of the REA should be directed to Jim Cox, ODOT NEPA Coordinator, at (503) 986-6612 or jim.b.cox@odot.state.or.us.