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South Bridge Connector Tier 1 EIS Record of Decision Press Release – October 26, 2020
 


Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision Signed – Links Below

On October 16, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) approved the South Bridge Connector Tier 1 Combined Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (Final EIS/ROD).

The Tier 1 Combined Final EIS/ROD, available below, represents the final federal approval for the Tier 1 process and identifies Corridor Alternative 2 as the Selected Alternative. The document incorporates changes since the Tier 1 Draft EIS publication, and responds to public and agency comments received on the Tier 1 Draft EIS.  There is no comment period for this Tier 1 Final EIS/ROD.

Those wishing to review a printed copy of the Tier 1 Combined Final EIS/ROD may do so at the following location:

Brown County Library, Kress Family Branch (De Pere)
333 N Broadway
De Pere, WI 54115

Or at the following locations by appointment only:

 
Brown County Department of Public Works
2198 Glendale Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 492-4925
Brown County Planning Commission
305 E. Walnut Street, room 320
Green Bay, WI 54305
(920) 448-6480

Northeast Region Office
Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 492-5623

Bureau of Technical Services, Environmental
Services Section
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
4822 Madison Yards Way, 5th Floor
Madison, WI 53705


Tier 1 Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision
 
Cover Page and NEPA Statement
Tier 1 Record of Decision
Tier 1 Final EIS - Executive Summary
Section 1 – Purpose and Need for the Project
Section 2 - Alternatives Considered
Section 3 - Existing Conditions and Impacts
Section 4 - Community Involvement Agency Coordination
Section 5 - Final EIS Distribution List
Section 6 - List of Preparers
Appendix A - Traffic Volumes Level of Service Data
Appendix B - Consideration of a Future South Bridge River Crossing in Local Plans
Appendix C - Roadway Segment Crash Rates
Appendix D - Mobile Source Air Toxics
Appendix E - Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
Appendix F - Community Involvement and Agency Coordination
Appendix G - Example South Bridge Connector Schedule
Appendix H - Section 4(f) and 6(f) Correspondence
Appendix I - Community and Agency Involvement After DEIS Publication
Index
 

Tier 1 Draft EIS Signed—links below
Availability to provide comments on the project open until August 3, 2020.


You may provide oral or written comments about the project until August 3, 2020. To provide oral comments, contact Cole Runge, Planning Director/MPO Director, Brown County, at (920) 448-6480.
 
You may prefer written comments if you would like additional time to organize your thoughts/testimony. The Written Testimony Form is pre-addressed and included in the Public Hearing Handout Packet on this website. You may also send written testimony via e-mail. Comments can be sent to:
 
Cole Runge
Planning Director/MPO Director, Brown County
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
(920) 448-6480
South.bridge.connector@browncountywi.gov

Mailed testimony must be postmarked and email testimony received no later than August 3, 2020 to be included in the official public hearing record.

Public Hearing
 
Public Hearing Record (10-15-2020)

The public hearing record is required by federal law and regulation (23 USC 128 and 23 CFR 771). It contains the public hearing certification, public hearing transcripts (including those provided privately to a court reporter), copies of written comments as well as copies of other materials made available at the public hearing.

There were two opportunities to attend the public hearing for this study—one held virtually online on July 7, 2020, and one held in-person on July 8, 2020 at the Brown County Fairgrounds. A recording of the virtual hearing and hearing materials are available below. 
 
To watch a recording of the virtual hearing, visit: https://youtu.be/E69wyE_e5Ig

Public Hearing Materials
 
Hearing Handout Packet - South Bridge Connector - Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Public Hearing Project Displays
Corridor Alternative 1- Environmental and Community Features
Corridor Alternative 2- Environmental and Community Features
Written Testimony Form
Presentation
 

On June 12, 2020, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) signed and approved for public availability the South Bridge Connector Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). On June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published notice of the availability of the document in the Federal Register.
 
The Draft Tier 1 EIS documents the need for the project, the alternatives considered, and the possible effects that corridor alternatives might have on a variety of social and environmental resources, and evaluates their direct, indirect and cumulative effects on the surrounding environment.
 
Click on the links below to review the Draft EIS sections.

Those wishing to review a printed copy of the document may do so by making an appointment at the following locations: 

 
Brown County Dept. of Public Works
2198 Glendale Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54303
(920) 492-4925
Brown County Planning Commission
305 E. Walnut Street, room 320
Green Bay, WI 54305
(920) 448-6480

Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
Northeast Region Office
944 Vanderperren Way
Green Bay, WI 54304
(920) 492-5623

 
The 45-day public comment period is from June 19, 2020 to August 3, 2020. Please submit your comments by the end of the Draft EIS comment period to:

Cole Runge
Planning Director/MPO Director
Brown County Planning & Land Services/Green Bay MPO
305 E. Walnut Street Room 320; PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
South.bridge.connector@browncountywi.gov



Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) – June 12, 2020
 
 Cover Page/Executive Summary
Section 1 - Purpose of and Need for the Project
Section 2 - Alternatives Considered
Section 3 - Existing Conditions, Impacts, and Next Steps
Section 4 - Community Involvement and Agency Coordination
Section 5 - EIS Distribution List
Section 6 - List of Preparers
Appendix A - Traffic Volumes Level of Service Data
Appendix B - Consideration of a Future South Bridge River Crossing
Appendix C - Roadway Segment Crash Rates 2014-2019
Appendix D - Mobile Source Air Toxics
Appendix E - Indirect and Cumulative Impacts
Appendix F - Community Involvement and Agency Coordination
Appendix G - Example South Bridge Connector
Appendix H - Section 4(f) and 6(f) Correspondence 
Index
 

Traffic Report and Preliminary Engineering and Operations Review (PEOR) Traffic Analysis
 
Traffic Modeling was conducted as part of this project to forecast alternative impacts on the transportation network as part of the Tier 1 EIS process. The study used the Northeast Regional Travel Demand Model, or NERTDM, to assess traffic operations and safety. These findings were also compared to the previously completed Southern Arterial Preliminary Engineering and Operations Review (PEOR) Traffic Analysis. The Lead Agencies completed the PEOR in 2018 to assess how a new interchange on I-41 would affect freeway traffic and safety.

 
Southern Bridge Connector Tier 1 EIS Traffic Analysis - June 2020
Southern Arterial Preliminary Engineering and Operations Review (PEOR) Traffic Analysis - May 2018
 
 
March 19th Public Involvement Meeting Information
 
A public involvement meeting was initially scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Altmayer Elementary School. Due to recommendations and orders from the state and federal government to limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the in-person meeting is indefinitely postponed. Instead of holding an in-person meeting, the project team is making the meeting materials available for public review on the project website. Please listen to the recorded presentation, review displays, and ask questions and provide comments via the comment form posted on the website or via email to the contact listed below. Comments received by April 20, 2020 will be included in the public involvement summary prepared by Brown County.  Please click on each link to view the materials and watch the video. 

VideoPresentation Video (with narration)

PDF DocumentPresentation Slides (without narration)

PDF DocumentDisplay Exhibits Slides
  1. VideoPurpose and Need and Alternatives Considered are Sections of the EIS 
  2. VideoExisting and Future Traffic Volumes and Future Level of Service under No Build
  3. VideoRoadway Segment Crash Rates 2014-2019
  4. VideoAlternatives Screening Process
  5. VideoInitial Range of Corridor Alternatives Considered
  6. VideoCorridor Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study
  7. VideoConceptual Cross Sections for Alternatives 1 and 2
  8. VideoCrossing at Little Rapids with County S Interchange Alternative
  9. VideoTier 1 Corridor and Working Alignment
  10. VideoResource Impact Analysis
  11. VideoPreferred Corridor Identification Criteria
  12. VideoEnvironmental Process Overview
  13. VideoProject History and Proposed Tier 1 EIS Timeline
PDF DocumentPublic Involvement Handout

PDF DocumentPublic Involvement Meeting Comment Form
 

 
The Coordination Plan for Agency and Public Involvement outlines the project schedule, how project information will be communicated, and how input from agencies and the public will be solicited and considered.
 
Coordination Plan for Agency and Public Involvement - June 2020

The Impact Analysis Methodology Report presents the proposed analysis procedures and level of detail for analyzing the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of the alternative corridors in the Tier 1 EIS. The proposed analysis procedures follow federal and state laws, regulations and guidance.
 
Impact Analysis Methodology Report - Feb 2020

 



Public Involvement Meeting
 
A public involvement meeting was held on December 11, 2019 at Altmayer Elementary School from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a status update on the South Bridge Connector Study and to get input from the public. The meeting included a presentation, displays, and allowed the public opportunities to ask questions and provide comments on the project. The presentation, displays, and handout are available below for review.
 
We encourage you to provide comments on the project and ask questions. Your comments assist the study team in developing a project that will serve the needs of the traveling public as well as the needs of the local community. Your input is welcome and appreciated throughout the study process. Please mail any written comments about the project by January 10, 2020. You can also e-mail your comments to the study team contact listed below. 

For more information, please contact:

Cole Runge, Planning Director/MPO Director
Brown County
PO Box 23600
Green Bay, WI 54305-3600
Phone: (920) 448-6480
Email: Cole.Runge@browncountywi.gov


 
Brown County EIS Presentation from the December 11, 2019 Public Information Meeting at Altmayer Elementary School
South Bridge Connector PIM 1 Handout
South Bridge Connector PIM 1 Exhibits