Finding of No Significant Impact
U.S. Highway 60 Bridge, Paducah
Livingston and McCracken Counties, Kentucky
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KTC) propose to improve access and safety on the bridge and around U.S. 60, U.S. 62, U.S. 68, and Ky. 131 junctions in the city of Paducah and Livingston and McCracken Counties, Kentucky. The project would promote improved inter-county linkage, increase safety and level of service, reduce congestion, correct design deficiencies, improve access and emergency response time, and add capacity for projected future demand.
The project also involves removal of the historic George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge (U.S. 60), which has become substandard, and construction of a new four-lane through-truss concrete bridge over the Tennessee River at mile (TRM) 5.7. This new bridge would be located about 2,000 feet upstream and east of the old bridge.
As a requirement for the project, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Nashville District, would have to issue a permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the permanent placement of a bridge support pier in the Tennessee River and fill in adjacent wetland areas. Since this pier and bridge would involve construction of an obstruction and placement of fill in the river floodplain, approval would also be required from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) under Section 26a of the TVA Act. The U.S. Coast Guard is considering a bridge permit for the project.
FHWA and KTC prepared an environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to consider the impacts of this bridge and highway improvement proposal. The EA and FONSI were completed in August 2003. To consider the effects of the issuance of its permit approval following the application for permits, USACE prepared a supplemental environmental assessment (SEA). USACE completed its SEA and FONSI on April 15, 2005. The SEA considered the final KTC wetland mitigation plan and took into account the likely requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s incidental take statement.
TVA has independently reviewed the FHWA/KTC EA and the USACE SEA, concurred with the scope of analysis and conclusions of the anticipated effects in the earlier assessments, and included additional relevant analysis. To fulfill its compliance needs under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act, TVA has prepared the attached FONSI and adopted the FHWA/KTC EA and USACE SEA as its own.
TVA issued its Section 26a permit on October 5, 2005.
Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF file, 1.0 mb)
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A copy of the FHWA/TDOT final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact document (referenced attachments) can be provided upon request. Contact:
Stanford E. Davis
Comments or questions may also be sent via e-mail to Stanford E. Davis.