[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 250 (Wednesday, December 30, 1998)]
[Notices]
[Page 71995]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-34399]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)


Federal Transit Administration (FTA); Environmental Impact 
Statements: City of St. Louis and St. Louis County, Missouri

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration, DOT.

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare environmental impact statements.

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SUMMARY: The FHWA in cooperation with the Federal Transit 
Administration (FTA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that 
Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) will be prepared for proposed 
improvements to the transportation system in the City of St. Louis and 
St. Louis County, Missouri.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Don Neumann, Programs Engineer, 
FHWA Division Office, 209 Adams St., Jefferson City, MO 65101, 
Telephone: (573) 636-7104 or Ms. Joan Roeseler, Director of Program 
Development Planning, FTA Region 7, 6301 Rockhill Road, Suite 303, 
Kansas City MO, 64131, Telephone (816) 523-0204 or Mr. Bob Innis, 
Transportation Corridor Improvement Group, East-West Gateway 
Coordinating Council, 10 Stadium Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63102, Telephone 
(314) 421-4220.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFOMATION: The FHWA and the FTA in cooperation with the 
East-West Gateway Coordinating Council, the Bi-State Development 
Agency, and the Missouri Department of Transportation, will prepare 
Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) for proposed improvements to the 
transportation system in the Northside, Southside and Daniel Boone 
study areas in the City of St. Louis and in St. Louis County, Missouri. 
The transportation improvements are being defined in conjunction with 
Major Transportation Investment Analyses (MTIAs) for the three study 
areas. Each MTIA includes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) 
scoping process, the identification and evaluation of multi-model 
transportation facility and/or service alternatives, and the selection 
of a preferred design concept and scope in the study area.
    The Northside study area is from St. Louis Central Business 
District (CBD) to Florissant. The study limits are generally Chouteau 
Avenue on the south, the Mississippi River on the east, Lindbergh 
Boulevard on the north and New Florissant Road/Lucas and Hunt 
Boulevard/Union Boulevard/Kingshighway Boulevard on the west. The 
Northside study area covers approximately 77 square miles.
    The Southside study area is from the St. Louis CBD to Mehlville. 
The study limits are generally Interstate 64 on the north, the 
Mississippi River on the east, the Meramec River on the south and 
Gravois Avenue/Hampton Avenue on the west. The Southside study area 
covers approximately 84 square miles.
    The Daniel Boone study area is from I-170 to Chesterfield. The 
study limits are generally Page Avenue/the Missouri River on the north, 
Eatherton Road/Wild Horse Creek Road (Highway CC)/Kehrs Mill Road on 
the west, north of Manchester Road (Highway 100) on the south and 
Interstate 170 on the east. The Daniel Boone study area covers 
approximately 85 square miles.
    Improvements to the study areas are considered necessary to provide 
for a safe and efficient transportation network. Alternatives under 
consideration include: taking no action; Transportation Demand 
Management (TDM), Transportation Systems Management (TSM), Busway/High 
Occupancy Vehicle (HOV), Transit, and Improvements to Existing 
Roadways, such as, additional travel lanes, interchange improvements 
and intersection widening.
    The scoping process will involve all appropriate federal, state, 
and local agencies, and private organizations and citizens who have 
previously expressed or are known to have interest in these proposals. 
An interagency scoping meeting will be held on January 22, 1999, from 
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Federal Highway Administration Division 
Office in Jefferson City, Missouri. Public scoping meetings will be 
held on January 19, 20, and 21, 1999, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. 
in the study areas to engage the regional community in the decision 
making process and to obtain public comment. Subsequent public meetings 
will be conducted as the studies progress. In addition, public hearings 
will be held to present the findings of the draft EIS (DEIS). The DEIS 
will be available for public and agency review and comment prior to the 
public hearings.
    To ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed 
action are addressed and all significant issues identified, comments 
and suggestions are invited from all interested parties. Comments or 
questions concerning this proposed actions and the EIS's should be 
directed to the FHWA or EWGCC at the addresses provided above.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, 
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing 
Executive Order 12373 regarding intergovernmental consultant on 
Federal programs and activities apply to the program.)

    Issued on: December 16, 1998.
Donald L. Neumann,
Programs Engineer, Jefferson City.
Mokhtee Ahmad,
Regional Administrator, FTA Region VII.
[FR Doc. 98-34399 Filed 12-29-98; 8:45 am]
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