[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 92 (Monday, May 14, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27169-27171]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 07-2350]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Highways in Colorado

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions 
by FHWA and Other Federal Agencies.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces actions taken by the FHWA and other 
Federal agencies that are final within the meaning of 23 U.S.C. 
139(1)(1). The actions relate to various proposed highway projects in 
the State of Colorado. Those actions grant licenses, permits, and 
approvals for the projects.

DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(1)(1). A claim seeking judicial review 
of the Federal agency actions on any of the listed highway projects 
will be barred unless the claim is filed on or before November 13, 
2007. If the Federal law that authorizes judicial review of a claim 
provides a time period of less than 180 days for filing such calim, 
then that shorter time period still applies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Vanderhoof, Environmental 
Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, 12300 W. Dakota Ave., 
Room 180, Lakewood, CO 80228. Office Hours: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. MST, 
Monday through Friday. Phone: 720-963-3013. E-mail: 
michael.vanderhoof@fhwa.dot.gov., or Brad Beckham, Environmental 
Programs Branch Manager, Colorado Department of Transportation, 4201 
East Arkansas, Denver, CO 80222. Phone: 303-757-9533. E-mail: 
brad.beckham@dot.state.co.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is hereby given that the FHWA and 
other Federal agencies have taken final agency actions by issuing 
licenses, permits, and approvals for the highway projects in the State 
of Colorado that are listed below. The actions by the Federal agencies 
on a project, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are 
described in the environmental assessment (EA), or environmental impact 
statement (EIS) issued in connection with the project, and in other 
documents in the FHWA administrative record for the project. The EA, or 
Final EIS (FEIS), and other documents from the FHWA administrative 
record files for the listed projects are available by contacting the 
FHWA or the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) at the 
addresses provided above. Project information may also be available 
through the CDOT Web site at http://www.dot.state.co.us/TravelInfo/
Studies.htm, or at public libraries in the relevant project areas.
    This notice applies to all Federal agency decisions on the listed 
project as of the issuance date of this notice and all laws under which 
such actions were taken, including but not limited to:
    1. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321-4351].
    2. Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 U.S.C. 109].
    3. Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671(q).
    4. Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966 [49 
U.S.C. 303];
    5. Endangered Species Act [16 U.S.C. 1531-1544 and Section 1536].
    6. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 
as amended [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.].
    7. Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1251-1377 (Section 404, Section 402, 
Section 401, Section 319).
    8. E.O. 11990, Protection of Wetlands.
    9. E.O. 11988, Floodplain Management.
    10. E.O. 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in 
Minority Populations and Low Income Populations.
    The projects subject to this notice are:
    1. Project: South Interstate 25 (I-25) and US 85 Corridor. 
Location: Cities of Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, and Castle Rock, 
Douglas County. Project Reference Number: IM 0252-317. This project 
involves the construction of one new lane in each direction on US 85 
from C-470 to Meadows Parkway, and on I-25 between C-470 and Douglas 
Lane. This will include improvements to ten interchanges, improvement 
of bicycle/pedestrian facilities, construction of a new park and ride, 
a new frontage road and improvements to various other roadway features. 
The improvements are proposed to address present and future 
transportation inadequacies and safety problems in the two roadway 
corridors. The project length is 17 miles on I-25 and 16 miles on US 
85. A FEIS/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation was completed in May 2001, a 
Record of Decision (ROD)/Final Section 4(f) Evaluation was issued on 8/
14/01, and a Revised ROD/Final Section 4(f) Evaluation was issued on 
10/25/02.
    2. Project: Crystal Valley/Dawson Ridge Parkway/I-25 Interchange. 
Location: City of Castle Rock, Douglas County. Project Reference 
Number: CC C470-022. The preferred alternative includes constructing a 
new diamond interchange with Crystal Valley/Dawson Ridge Parkway 
crossing over I-25 at the intersection of I-25 and Douglas Lane on the 
east, and Territorial Road on the west. The purpose of the project is 
to enhance the local ancillary roadway network and eliminate one 
railroad crossing, thereby improving safety of access. An Environmental 
Assessment and draft Section 4(f) Evaluation was completed on September 
20, 2004 and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/Final Section 
4(f) Evaluation was issued on 2/28/05.
    3. Project: I-70/32nd Avenue Interchange. Location: Cities of Wheat 
Ridge and Lakewood. Project reference Number: IM 0703-294. The proposed 
action is to improve the I-70/32nd Avenue interchange, State Highway 
(SH) 58 from McIntyre Street to I-70, and adjacent portions of 32nd 
Avenue. The purpose is to relieve traffic congestion at the I-70/32nd 
Avenue interchange and to address future transportation demands on the 
local street network due to regional growth and commercial development. 
An Environmental Assessment was completed on October 23, 2006 and a 
FONSI was issued on February 28, 2007.
    4. Project: State Highway (SH) 9, Frisco to Breckenridge. Location: 
Cities of Frisco and Breckenridge, Summit County. Project Reference 
Number: STA 009A-021. The proposed action will improve the existing two 
lane highway to a four-lane roadway that will include necessary turn 
lanes, acceleration/deceleration lanes, curb and gutter, medians, and 
shoulders The project extends from Frisco (milepost 97) south to 
Breckenridge (milepost 85). The

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purpose of the improvement is to improvement safety and mobility on the 
route. A FEIS was completed on March 4, 2004 and a ROD was issued on 
May 24, 2004.
    5. Project: US 285, Foxton Road to Bailey. Location: Cities of 
Bailey, Pine Junction, Shaffer's Crossing, and Conifer, Jefferson and 
Park Counties. Project Reference Number: NH 2854-093. The Preferred 
Alternative is to widen US 285 to four through lanes with a depressed 
rural median between the top of Crow Hill and Foxton Road, and two 
through lanes and a passing lane between Bailey and the top of Crow 
Hill. Shoulder, clear zone, access, and safety improvements will be 
included the entire length of the project. The primary purpose is to 
improve travel time and enhance safety along the 14.7 mile section of 
road. An Environmental Assessment was completed in August 11, 2004 and 
a FONSI issued on June 30, 2005.
    6. Project: I-25 through Colorado Springs. Location: Cities of 
Colorado Springs and Monument, El Paso County. Project Reference Number 
IM 0252-316. This project will widen 26 miles of I-25 between SH 105 
and South Academy Boulevard. A six lane section would be constructed 
south of the US 24 bypass to South Academy and north of Briargate to SH 
105. The central 12 mile section from the Briargate Parkway to the US 
24 bypass would be constructed to 8 lanes. The project will include 
interchange reconstruction, HOV lanes, congestion management, transit 
and park and ride accommodations and bicycle/pedestrian accommodations. 
The purpose is to provide additional capacity to relieve existing and 
projected future traffic congestion. An Environmental Assessment was 
completed on March 29, 2004 and a FONSI issued on September 10, 2004. 
http://www.i25coloradosprings.com/ea/EAcontents.htm.
    7. Project: Eagle Airport Interchange. Location: Town of Eagle, 
Eagle County. Project Reference Number: IM 0702-229. the proposed 
action is to construct a new interchange on Interstate 70 and a 
connector road to improve access to the Eagle County Airport. The 
project is located approximately 3 miles west of Eagle, Colorado. An 
Environmental Assessment was completed in August 2004 and a FONSI 
issued on June 23, 2005. http://www.i70-eagle-airport-interchange-
ea.com.
    8. Project: US 550, New Mexico State Line to Durango. Location: 
South of City of Durango, La Plata County. Project Reference Number: NH 
5501-011. The project includes extending the existing four-lanes on US 
550 between the New Mexico/Colorado State Line and County Road 220 (MP 
1.0 to MP 15.4). The purpose of the project is to improve safety, 
address future highway capacity needs, improve access conditions, and 
address roadway deficiencies. The roadway will generally follow the 
existing highway alignment with alignment shifts east and west as 
needed to improve highway geometry. An Environmental Assessment was 
completed on July 27, 2005 and a FONSI issued on December 21, 2005.
    9. Project: 120th Avenue Extension, Quebec to US 85. Location: City 
of Thornton, Adams county, SH 128 (120th Avenue). Project Reference 
Number: STU C120-007. The proposed action is to construct a four-lane 
extension of 120th Avenue from Quebec Street east 2.5 miles to US 85. 
This will require a new bridge over the south Platte River. The project 
length is 2.5 miles. An Environmental Assessment was completed on 
February 1, 1996 and a FONSI was issued on July 31, 2003.
    10. Project: SH 128 (120th Avenue) over US 36. Location: City and 
County of Broomfield. Project Reference Number: DEMO 0361-067. This 
project proposes to construct a new six-lane roadway across US 36 to 
connect 120th Avenue and SH 128. The purpose of the project is to 
accommodate existing and future east-west traffic, reduce out of 
direction travel, and alleviate congestion. The project length is 1.2 
miles. An Environmental Assessment/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation was 
completed March 30, 2005 and a FONSI/Final Section 4(f) was issued on 
January 17, 2006.
    11. Project: Wadsworth/Grandview Railroad Separation. Location: 
City of Arvada, Jefferson County. Project Reference Number: TCSP TCSE-
002. This project proposes to reconstruct the Wadsworth bypass 25 feet 
below ground and construct two bridges to carry Burlington Northern 
Santa Fe RR and Grandview over the Bypass. This action will improve 
safety and eliminate the traffic congestion and delays caused by the 
existing at-grade railroad crossing. The project length is less than 
0.5 miles. An Environmental Assessment was completed May 9, 2005 and 
FONSI issued August 31, 2005.
    12. Project: I-225 and Colfax Avenue Interchange. Location: City of 
Aurora, Adams and Arapahoe Counties. Project Reference Number: STU 
2254-068. The proposed action is to expand the existing I-225/Colfax 
Avenue interchange to add an I-225 connection to the north at 17th 
Street via collector distributor roads. The purpose is to relieve 
congestion at the I-225/Colfax Avenue Interchange. The project length 
is less than one mile. An Environmental Assessment was completed on 
October 20, 2005 and FONSI was issued on April 24, 2007.
    13. Project: I-25 at 126th Avenue Interchange. Location: Cities of 
Westminster and Thornton, Adams County. Project Reference Number: CC 
0253-175. The proposed action is to construct a new interchange at 
136th Avenue and I-25. The project length is less than 1 mile. The 
purpose of the improvement is to improve access and congestion. An 
Environmental Assessment/Draft Section 4(f) Evaluation was completed on 
May 15, 2002 and a FONSI/Final Section 4(f) Evaluation was issued on 
January 8, 2003.
    14. Project: I 70/SH 58 Interchange. Location: City of Golden, 
Jefferson County. Project Reference Number: IM 0703-246. The proposed 
action is to improve the I-70/SH 58 interchange by adding eastbound SH 
58 to westbound I 70 and eastbound I-70 to westbound SH 58 movements. 
This will require shifting SH 58 and realigning all existing ramps plus 
constructing a new Eastbound SH 58 to westbound I-70 ramp and 
constructing a new flyover ramp from eastbound I-70 to westbound SH 58. 
The purpose is to reduce traffic on local arterials and improve traffic 
operations on I-70. The project length is less than 1 mile. An 
Environmental Assessment was completed in July 2002 and a FONSI was 
issued on September 1, 2004.
    15. Project: US 34 Business Route. Location: City of Greeley, Weld 
County. Project Reference Number: STA 0342-037. This project involves 
the reconstruction of US 34 Business Route from a two lane to a four 
lane facility between 71st Avenue and State Highway 257 in the west 
side of Greeley, Colorado. The project length is approximately 4.2 
miles. The purpose is to accommodate future travel demand and improve 
mobility, safety, and access. An Environmental Assessment was completed 
on September 28, 2005 and a Finding of No Significant Impact issued on 
May 2, 2006.
    16. Project: US 287 from SH 1 to the LaPorte Bypass. Location: 
Cities of Fort Collins and LaPorte, Larimer County. Project Reference 
Number STA 2873-100. This project will reconstruct US 287 from two to 
four lanes for two miles between SH 1 and the Laporte Bypass 
intersection east of the community of LaPorte. The purpose is to 
improve safety and accommodate existing and future traffic. An 
Environmental Assessment was completed on October

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1, 2004 and a Finding of no Significant Impacts was issued on June 14, 
2006.
    17. Project: U.S. Highway 160 from Durango to Bayfield. Location: 
Cities of Durango Gem Village, and Bayfield, La Plata County. Project 
Reference Number FC-NH(CX) 160-2 (048). The project proposes a 25.9km 
(16.2 mi) long, four-lane highway with shifts, realignments and grade 
separations in some locations. The project will also correct 
substandard roadway design, intersection deficiencies and relocate the 
existing U.S. 160/550 intersection. This fully access-controlled 
facility improvement will begin at milepost 88.0 east of Durango and 
end at milepost 104.2 located east of Bayfield. The project length is 
1.9km (1.2 mi) extending from milepost 16.6, located at the U.S. 160/
550 (south) intersection, to milepost 15.4, located south of the U.S. 
550/County Road 220 intersection. A Final Environmental Impact 
Statement for the project was approved on May 12, 2006. A Record of 
Decision was issued on November 7, 2006. The FHWA FEIS and ROD can be 
viewed and downloaded from the project Web site at http://
www.dot.state.co.us/US160/EIS/index.cfm or viewed at public libraries 
in the project area.

(Catalogue 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)

    Authority: U.S.C. 139(1)(1).

David A. Nicol,
Federal Highway Administration, Colorado Division Administrator, 
Lakewood, CO.
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