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One of the most common questions we hear from citizens is "When will construction begin?" The answer is alot more complex than a specific date.
When GDOT and GRTA began the revive285 top end project, they initiated the Georgia DOT Plan Development Process which must be followed before any construction project can begin. The graphic at the right outlines the general process and the stage we are currently in - fulfilling the federally required NEPA process. Learn more about project progress below.
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) directs federal agencies to consider the potential environmental consequences of proposals, document the analysis, and make this information available to the public for comment prior to implementation. In addition to evaluating environmental effects, the transportation needs of the public are taken into account in reaching a decision that is in the best overall public interest. The following phases make up the NEPA process.
Phase 1: Corridor Planning (completed)
Included data gathering, needs assessment and preparation of an Existing Conditions Report and a Need and Purpose Statement, which defines the needs that the project must meet in order to be considered successful.
Phase 2: Identify Potential Solutions (completed)
Included identification of a long list of potential transportation strategies, evaluated the strategies against the Need and Purpose, developed project alternatives (combinations of strategies), and prepared the Strategy Screening and Alternatives Development Process and Initial Screening Results Report.
Phase 3: Assess Potential Benefits & Impacts (current)
Includes defining each alternative, operating plan and cost, developing concept designs, evaluating alternatives against the Need and Purpose, assessing alternative benefits to the transportation system and determining the economic, social, and environmental impacts to the human environment.
Phase 4: Select Preferred Solutions
Will include evaluation of costs, comparison of narrowed alternatives and selection of Preferred Alternative after which the environmental document will be drafted, finalized and be presented with the hope of acquiring a Record of Decision (approval to proceed from the NEPA process to Right-of-Way acquisition).