9/10/19 - Project Update at RTSD Board Meeting
The Railroad Transportation Safety District (RTSD) Board meeting was held September 10, 2019 and an update of the N. 33rd & Cornhusker project was given.
Since the last Board meeting June 3, 2019, a public meeting was held on June 27 at the Center for People in Need and had almost 200 people in attendance. After review of public and agency comments and technical data pertaining to environmental resources (social, economic, and natural environment), Modified PEL C has been selected as the proposed preliminary preferred alternative. It’s important to note that although this alternative is selected as the proposed preliminary preferred alternative, all seven alternatives as presented at the June 27 open house are still under consideration. Also note that the alternative is conceptual at this stage and further design will be completed as the project progresses.
The RTSD is working with the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to officially begin the NEPA (environmental) phase. Once the NEPA class of action is assigned, an analysis and screening will occur on the seven remaining alternatives. Those alternatives which are determined to be unreasonable or do not pass screening criteria would be dismissed from further consideration.
The next public open house for the project is anticipated in early 2020.