The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the City of Galesburg, IL, prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) completed in December 2011 for the Kellogg/Seminary Street Grade Separation Project (Project) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. § 4321 et seq). In accordance with 40 CFR § 1501.6 and the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Procedures for Considering Environmental Impacts (64 FR 28545), FRA participated as a cooperating agency in the development of the EA for the Project. To fund this Project, the City of Galesburg received Federal contributions through an FY 10 Earmark from FHWA and FRA, under the Rail Line Relocation and Improvement Program.
The FRA-funded portion of the Project would involve the construction of a grade separation over the Chillicothe Subdivision of the BNSF Railway (BNSF) at Kellogg and Seminary Streets in the City of Galesburg (City), Knox County, IL including mechanically stabilized earth retaining walls, roadway widening and reconstruction, aggregate column ground improvement, construction of a box culvert, storm sewer relocation, water main relocation, sanitary sewer relocation, concrete and brick sidewalks, concrete driveways, related collateral construction, and grade-crossing improvements for future Quiet Zone implementation. Additional costs for preliminary engineering, land acquisition, utility relocation, construction, and construction engineering are being funded separately by FHWA.
On August 16, 2012, based on the information presented in the EA the FRA Administrator signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). As a result, all Federal environmental requirements have been satisfied for this Project. The EA and Section 4(f) evaluation provide sufficient evidence and analysis for determining that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.