You may view the current public outreach plan HERE.
Previous outreach and public engagement efforts were conducted for people who lived within the 16-mile project area and included community engagement within affected communities near the proposed bridge replacement area.The Department hosted three public meetings throughout the study process to gather feedback on the overall I-80 project. In addition, the Department mailed questionnaires to owners and occupants of residences that would potentially be displaced by the proposed bridge replacement. Surveys were also mailed to residents within three to four blocks of the proposed bridge replacement. Residents and stakeholders in the affected community surrounding the bridge replacement area were invited to provide input on the project’s effects at two community outreach meetings held in June and September 2019. A focused neighborhood community meeting was also held in July 2019. Additional opportunities to provide input were provided at a public hearing held for the environmental assessment in November 2019 and during the designated public comment period for the environmental assessment.
Why is additional outreach required?
The Department recognizes that, without mitigation, there would be disproportionately high and adverse effects to your community as a result of bridge removal and replacement. In addition to the direct impacts to property owners and tenants where property would need to be acquired, the project would result in temporary and permanent changes to the local street network, temporary construction impacts and detours, and noise level changes and temporary construction vibration impacts. The project is also anticipated to change the visual character of the area, reducing the size of adjacent communities and altering the visual character due to the new bridge location, property acquisition, and potential noise walls.
To more fully identify the effects of this project on community quality of life and to develop appropriate measures to address these impacts, the Department has conducted these outreach efforts over approximately two years to understand these impacts and develop appropriate mitigation measures.
Community Input is Important!
Community Partner Meeting Materials
Community partner meetings have been scheduled at key stages of outreach to obtain input from the community. We encourage everyone to review the following meeting materials for further details on our community engagement and outreach efforts.
- Community Partner Meeting #1 July 2020
- Community Partner Meeting #2 October 2020
- Community Partner Meeting #3 January 2021
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