April 16, 2008
William H. Carroll, North Cleveland Park, Printed in the NW Current
The Federal Highway Administration is
abusing application of the federal environmental process to
legislation enacted by the District of Columbia Council
requiring repair of a .7 mile section of
Klingle Road, NW.
The process has been on a treadmill for nearly 50 months
since FHWA and the District Department of Transportation issued
a Notice of Intent to environmentally assess Klingle Road on March 17, 2004.
In contrast, information provided by FHWA identifies 64
recent road and bridge building and repair projects throughout
for which FHWA completed the full environmental process in less
than 50 months. For the
18.8 mile Inter-County Connector
being built through parkland, stream beds, and residential areas
in Prince Georges and
Counties, FHWA completed
the federal environmental process in 36 months.
In March 9, 2007, FHWA forecast January, 2009 for
release of the Klingle Road Final Environmental Impact Statement
(FEIS) for public comment and July, 2009 for issuance of a
Record of Decision (ROD).
That forecasted completion process would have lasted 65
months. Since March
2007, FHWA has introduced further delays. The January and July
2009 dates have been slipped for an indeterminate period that
will be far in excess of 65 months.
Your April 9, 2008 article, Local funds may help
launch Klingle project, states that some environmental groups
decry the use of city funds to short circuit the federal
Thirty-six months to assess the environmental impact of
building a brand new 18.8 mile super highway through parks,
stream beds and residential areas in
and over 65 months to study repair of a .7 mile stretch of an
existing public road in the
District of Columbia?
Rather than short-circuiting the federal environmental
process, Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Graham recognize that the
circuit is blown and wont be fixed in a reasonable time.
Their Klingle Road local funding initiative
deserves the highest level of support.
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