Q. What is
a Corridor Study?
A. Corridor Studies are
conducted by the Alabama Department of Transportation
(ALDOT) to determine the type and location of
improvements that are needed for transportation
facilities and to assess potential impacts that may
result to the environment form the implementation of
transportation improvements. Types of improvements
include roadway widening and reconstruction, bridge
construction and replacements, safety improvements, and
new location facilities, just to name a few.
is an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement)?
A. All public works
projects have impacts on the community in which they are
built. Proposed Federal actions which may have a
significant impact on the Environment require an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). A purpose of an
EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) is to evaluate the
project plan and its alternatives, with all of the
implications for the environment. The “environment” is
not simply the natural and physical areas, such as land,
water, and air, but it also includes the social,
cultural, and economic areas potentially affected by the
project. The project’s impact can be positive or
negative or both.
The public has two
official opportunities to join in an EIS process.
First, people can guide the direction of study before
the document is written by providing input during the
This initial “scoping”
process defines boundaries for the EIS by assuring that
all areas of concern are identified for study. Scoping
also provides focus by eliminating unimportant issues.
Comments from area citizens are a valuable part of this
An EIS may be written by
the applicant, by a government agency, or by a qualified
contractor. Regardless, the document becomes the
product of the Federal agency and will reflect legal
requirements, such as licensing rules, zoning
ordinances, and environmental laws covering processes
can we expect to see improvements?
A. Actual completion
dates for construction will vary depending upon the
availability of funds. Also, it is likely construction
of the project will be phased over several years.
Who pays for these improvements?
A. A combination of
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds and State of Alabama transportation funds will finance this project.
I own property within the study area. Will your
A. Right-of-way will be
required to construct this project. The ALDOT will
identify the property needed for this improvement.
Q. When will you make
your preferred alternative recommendation?
A. A preferred
alternative is identified in the Draft Environmental
Impact Statement document approved by the Federal
Highway Administration on April 30, 2010.