FINAL NOTICE AND PUBLIC EXPLANATION OF A PROPOSED ACTIVITY IN FLOODPLAINS AND WETLANDS
All interested Agencies, Groups and Individuals
This is to give notice that the Town of Richwood is conducting an evaluation as required by Executive Order 11988 and 11990, utilizing as a guideline procedures established in accordance with HUD regulations at 24 CFR 55.20 Subpart C Procedures for Making Determinations on Floodplain and Wetland Management, to determine the potential affect that its activity in the floodplain and wetland will have on the human environment for Town of Richwood FY 2017 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant for street improvements.
The Town of Richwood proposes to completely rehabilitate various existing residential streets which are in need of repair. At present, the streets are deteriorated and are subject to further deterioration due to the condition of the existing surfacing which allows water from rainfall to infiltrate into the street base through surface cracks causing the base to lose its integrity. After the street base loses its integrity, potholes develop, surfacing cracks and spalls off, and the road becomes a potential hazard to traffic. There is approximately 3,200 lineal feet of streets to be rehabilitated. All streets are serving residential areas. Streets to be rehabilitated are as follows: Honeysuckle Lane – from Highland to Brown and Washington Drive – from Dead End to Brown. The existing streets will be rehabilitated by scarifying, stabilizing, and compacting the existing surfacing and base, installing soil cement, and then installing a new asphaltic concrete surfacing over the reconstructed base, or by removing the existing surfacing, patching all base failures, and then installing a new asphaltic concrete surfacing over the existing and patched base. In addition, aggregate surface material should be placed along all shoulders of the improved roads to provide a safe transition area to natural ground. The construction of the above improvements will eliminate the potential hazards for traffic utilizing the streets under consideration, thereby effectively reducing the Town of Richwood’s liability for these areas.
The Town has considered the following alternatives and mitigation measures to minimize adverse impacts and to restore and preserve natural and beneficial values:
Alternative Number One: Construct street improvements as described above for the existing residential streets.
Mitigation Action: Since there would be no adverse impacts created by this action, no mitigation measures would be necessary. This action was chosen because of the current conditions of the residential streets.
Alternative Number Two: Take no action. This is not an acceptable alternative due to the continued deterioration of the existing residential streets.
Mitigation Action: None
The Town has reevaluated the alternatives to performing construction in the floodplains and wetlands and has determined that it has no practicable alternative. Environmental files that document compliance with steps 3 through 6 of Executive Order 11988 and 11990, are available for public inspection, review and copying upon request at the times and location delineated in the last paragraph of this notice for receipt of comments. This activity will have no significant impact on the environment for the following reasons. There will be no discharge of dredged and fill material within the project boundary.
There are three primary purposes for this notice. First, people who may be affected by activities in possible floodplains and wetlands and those who have an interest in the protection of the natural environment should be given an opportunity to express their concerns and provide information about these areas. Second, an adequate public notice program can be an important public educational tool. The dissemination of information about floodplains and wetlands can facilitate and enhance Federal efforts to reduce the risks associated with the occupancy and modification of these special areas. Third, as a matter of fairness, when the Federal government determines it will participate in actions taking place in floodplains and wetlands, it must inform those who may be put at greater or continued risk.
Written comments must be received by the Town at the following address on or before March 30, 2018: Town of Richwood, 2710 Martin Luther King Drive, Richwood, Louisiana 71202, Attention: Gerald Brown, Mayor, during the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Comments may also be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gerald Brown, Mayor
Environmental Certifying Officer
Town of Richwood