Williamsville Toll Barrier Improvement Project
Additional Alternatives Evaluated
A preliminary Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the project was submitted to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the fall of 2001. In response to comments from the NYSDOT and the FHWA, as well as concerns related to the availability of funding for the construction of the project; additional alternatives have been examined and have been incorporated in the DEIS.
Following the Proper Route
May 2006 - Upon Thruway Authority completion of the DEIS, the document was forwarded to the NYSDOT and FHWA. The FHWA reviewed and accepted the DEIS in May 2006.
In its review, the FHWA carefully considered the completeness of the alternatives, the accuracy of the details and the scope of the issues studied. Once the DEIS was formally accepted by the FHWA, it was published for agency and public review and comment.
Your Turn to Review
June 2006 - On June 2, 2006, the DEIS was issued for agency and public review and comment. The document was made available for public review at libraries and town clerk offices in communities along the study corridor.
The public was notified of the document's availability for review via newspaper ads, the Federal Register, and this project Website. The project’s DEIS Notice of Availability (NOA) was first published in the Federal Register on June 2, 2006, in several local news papers between the dates of June 14, 2006 and June 26, 2006.
A public hearing was held on the evening of July 11, 2006 at the Akron Central High School in Akron, New York. The public hearing date, time and location was announced in the Federal Register, local newspapers, and on this project Website. The public had a minimum of 30 days to review and comment on the DEIS prior to the public hearing, and was given the opportunity to comment on the DEIS at the public hearing. A minimum 10 day period following the hearing for the public to submit written comments was provided and later extended.
July 2006 – At the request of interested parties the July 11, 2006 public hearing comment period was extended until August 21, 2006.
August 2006 - In an effort to seek as much public participation in the project as possible, the Authority extended the formal comment period a second time to October 6, 2006.
Fall 2006 through Winter 2009/2010 - All public and agency comments, written and oral, continue to be evaluated and addressed. Where appropriate, they will be incorporated into the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
The FEIS, with a statement detailing the Authority's "preferred alternative", will then be presented to the FHWA for their review and comment; and a "Notice of Preferred Alternative" will be issued by the Authority to the public.
Completing the Environmental Process
Summer 2010 - The FHWA adopted FEIS will be available for public review for a minimum of 30 days. After the 30-day period of availability, a "National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Record of Decision"/New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Findings Statement will be issued. After which the Authority can publicly issue a "Notice of Availability of Record of Decision" completing the NEPA/SEQRA environmental process.
It is important to note that while the Authority does have $768,000 in Federal funds earmarked in the current Capital Program so that the Project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) can be completed, the Williamsville Toll Barrier Improvement Project is no longer programmed within the Authority’s current Capital Program.
Please use the comment form in the "Contact" section to provide your views on this project. Thank you again for your feedback. Continued community involvement throughout the EIS process will help to ensure the preparation of a complete document, and will play a significant role in the selection of the preferred project alternative.
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