EIS Development

FHWA and ADOT&PF are in the process of developing the project Purpose and Need Statement and reviewing preliminary alternatives for the Kake Access project. The preliminary alternatives will be screened to identify reasonable alternatives to evaluate in the EIS. The public will have an opportunity comment on the Purpose and Need Statement, the preliminary range of alternatives, and screening criteria used to identify the reasonable alternatives early this summer. FHWA and ADOT&PF will notify the public of new information as it becomes available through direct mail to individuals and organizations on the mailing list, media releases, and website updates.

The NEPA Process

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), enacted in 1969, requires that any activity or project receiving federal funding or other federal approvals undergo an analysis of potential environmental impacts. Under NEPA, FHWA works closely with other federal agencies; state, local and tribal governments; public and private organizations; and the public to understand a project’s impact. This process involves striking a delicate balance among many different factors – mobility needs, economic prosperity, health and environmental protection, community and neighborhood preservation, and quality of life for present and future generations. The goal is to achieve better decisions by making the impact of choices known and by involving you, the public, in making transportation decisions.

For the Kake Access project, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared. This is the highest level of scrutiny and is prepared for federal actions that may have a significant effect on the human and natural environment. In the Kake Access EIS, project alternatives will be developed and analyzed in detail through technical analysis and public consultation. FHWA and ADOT&PF will identify a preferred alternative, which will be documented in a Record of Decision. The preferred alternative can be a Build alternative or a No Action alternative.

We Want Your Input

Your comments are welcome at any time during the development of the Environmental Document. You can submit your comments on the Kake Access Project:

• Via our comment form on this website

• Via e-mail:
KakeAccessEIS@dot.gov

• Via mail:
FHWA – Western Federal Lands
Highway Division
Attn: Mike Traffalis
610 East Fifth Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

• or via fax: 360-619-7846
c/o Mike Traffalis for Kake Access Project

• Additionally, there are specific 30 and 45-day comment periods associated with key project milestones throughout the study.

Lead Agencies

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Western Federal Lands Highway Division
610 East Fifth Street
Vancouver, WA 98661-3801
Mike Traffalis
(360) 619-7787

DOT&PF Southeast Region
6860 Glacier Highway
Juneau, AK 99801-7999
Andy Hughes
(907) 465-1776