The Draft EIS was published on April 20, 2012 and the 60-day public comment period closed on June 18.
Click on the titles below to learn more about the project, then read and submit comments on the Draft EIS.
The Draft EIS includes the impacts of 8 alternatives plus a no-build alternative, while the Final EIS includes the
locally preferred alternative and responds to Draft EIS comments from the public and local agencies.
A Draft EIS is a report that explains the impacts (pros and cons) of each bridge alternative in areas such as land
use, property impacts, traffic congestion, water resources, and other topic areas. Your comments on the Draft EIS
will help to identify the Preferred Alternative and shape the Final EIS. Both the Draft and Final EIS are required
by the federal government when a significant impact to the environment may occur.
Now is the time to compare each of the bridge crossing locations (“range of alternatives”) using the goals and
objectives that were developed earlier in the project. The Draft EIS and the public comments collected about the
document will be used by local decision-makers to inform their recommendation. Since no decision on a locally Preferred
Alternative has been made yet, now is your chance to comment on the document and make your opinions heard.
The Final EIS will include all comments collected and written responses to those comments, which will become part of
the public record. Anonymous comments will not be part of the document, nor will they have standing to appeal the
final decision (36 CFR 215). The goal of the Final EIS is to provide a complete understanding of the issues and impacts.
Your comments will help to reach that goal.
If you have more questions, review the frequently asked questions.
The Draft EIS examines three crossing locations over the Willamette River for a new bridge in Salem, as well as a "No Build"
option. Within the three crossing locations are variations in bridge alignments, or connections to the existing road system,
resulting in eight different alternaives. This document provides information on the different alternatives and how they might
impact people who live in the area or travel the roads, as well as possible impacts to the natural environment.
View all of the alternatives.
The Draft EIS was published was published in the Federal Register on April 20, 2012, beginning the 60-day public comment period, which ended on June 18.
The online questionnaire, which closed on July 1, 2012, results will be used by local decision makers to understand the feelings of local residents,
businesses, and agencies regarding the bridge alternatives.
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