Highway 41 Corridor Improvements

Highway 41 Corridor Improvements

PROJECT ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS

In order for a project that requires a federal action to construct, the project’s design scope must be established in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Under the NEPA process, an extensive environmental review must take place in order to complete a rigorous analysis of the project area and to examine reasonable alternatives for the improvements. The environmental review is done in order to avoid, minimize or mitigate environmental impacts and to ensure public participation is incorporated into the decision making process. Agency, stakeholder and public input are critical during the environmental review process to provide important insight to Charleston County as the project plans and scope are refined.

NEPA Process

THE ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW WILL EXAMINE A NUMBER OF FACTORS WITHIN THE STUDY AREA INCLUDING:

  • AIR QUALITY
  • ARCHITECTURAL / ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
  • BUSINESSES
  • CEMETERIES
  • CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, PARKS
  • CONSTRUCTION FEASIBILITY
  • COSTS
  • ENDANGERED SPECIES
  • EXISTING / PLANNED UTILITIES
  • FARMLANDS
  • FLOODPLAINS
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
  • HISTORIC / CULTURAL RESOURCES
  • NEW / PLANNED DEVELOPMENTS
  • NOISE
  • RESIDENTIAL AREAS
  • STATE / FEDERAL LANDS
  • WETLANDS / WATERWAYS