Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment for Washington, DC to Baltimore Loop Project

 
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Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 116 (Monday, June 17, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 116 (Monday, June 17, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28126-28127]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-12766]
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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Federal Highway Administration
Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment for
Washington, DC to Baltimore Loop Project
AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of reopening of comment period.
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SUMMARY: The FHWA is reopening the comment period for the Environmental
Assessment (Draft) for the Washington, DC to Baltimore Loop Project,
which was published on April 24, 2019. The original comment period
closed on June 10, 2019. The extension is based on concern expressed by
stakeholders that this closing date does not provide sufficient time to
review and provide comprehensive comments on the proposal. The FHWA
recognizes that others interested in commenting may have similar
concerns and agrees that the comment period should be extended.
DATES: Comments must be received on or before July 17, 2019.
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ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Project Website: https://www.dcbaltimoreloop.com. Follow
the instructions for submitting comments on the website.
     Mail: Ms. Donna Buscemi, Maryland Department of
Transportation State Highway Administration, 707 N Calvert Street, MS
C-301, Baltimore, MD 21202. Please include ``Washington, DC to
Baltimore Loop Project'' in your subject line.
    Electronic copies may be downloaded from the Project website and
hard copies of the Environmental Assessment (Draft) may also be viewed
at the following locations, by appointment only:
     FHWA Maryland Division, George H. Fallon Federal Building,
31 Hopkins Plaza, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 962-4440.
     FHWA District of Columbia Division, 1200 New Jersey Avenue
SE, East Building, Washington, DC 20590.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Donna Buscemi, Project Sponsor
Liaison, Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway
Administration, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering, 707 N
Calvert Street, MS C-301, Baltimore, MD 21202, (410) 545-8500.
Background
    The Washington, DC to Baltimore Loop Project is proposed, and will
be completely funded by, The Boring Company. The purpose of the
proposed action is to construct an alternative, high speed option for
traveling between Washington, District of Columbia, and Baltimore,
Maryland. The Proposed Action consists of the construction of
approximately 35.3 miles of parallel, twin underground tunnels (Main
Artery Tunnels) between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. The proposed
project would extend beneath public right-of-way of the Route 50 and
Baltimore-Washington Parkway, with termini at 55 New York Avenue
Northeast in Washington, DC and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 Camden
Street, Baltimore, MD.
    Battery-powered, autonomous electric vehicles, traveling at speeds
of up to 150 miles per hour, would transport passengers in the Main
Artery Tunnels between the two termini. Proposed project components
include: Two access points at the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
termini; Two Main Artery Tunnels; up to 70 ventilation shafts; and 4
launch shaft sites for tunnel boring machines, at least one of which
would be converted into a maintenance terminal for autonomous electric
vehicles pods.
    The Environmental Assessment (Draft) evaluates the existing
environmental conditions within the project area, along with the
potential environmental impacts of the No Build and Build alternatives
for the proposed project. On April 24th at 84 FR 17231, FHWA published
a Notice of Availability for the Environmental Assessment (Draft). The
original comment period for the Environmental Assessment (Draft) closes
on June 10, 2019. Stakeholders have expressed concern that this closing
date does not provide sufficient time to review and provide
comprehensive comments on the proposal. To allow time for these
stakeholders and others to submit comprehensive comments, the closing
date is extended from June 10, 2019, to July 17, 2019.
Gregory Murrill,
Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-12766 Filed 6-14-19; 8:45 am]
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