Environmental Reviews

Kelso-Martin’s Bluff Improvement Projects Task 5 and Task 6 FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT and Section 4(f) de minimis Determination

  • 21
  • Apr
  • 2015
AUTHOR: Federal Railroad Administration
SUBJECT: Environmental Protection
KEYWORDS: Kelso-Martin’s Bluff Improvement Projects Task 5 and Task 6; FONSI; Section 4(f) de minimis Determination; KMB
ABSTRACT: The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is implementing a program of infrastructure improvement projects along the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor (PNWRC) also known as the PNWRC Improvement Program (Program). The PNWRC Improvement Program is made up of approximately 17 component projects defined in terms of improvements to passenger rail service along the PNWRC and is designed to improve passenger rail service, or “service outcomes,” in Washington State. To fund these projects, WSDOT applied and was selected for grant funding through the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program. FRA completed a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of the PNWRC Improvement Program that resulted in FRA issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in November 2010. In that Tier I Programmatic EA and FONSI, FRA anticipated completing project-level analysis for each of the independent component projects. WSDOT prepared a project-level EA in August 2014 for two of the PNWRC component projects, namely Kelso Martin’s Bluff (KMB) Task 5: New Siding and KMB Task 6: Kelso to Longview Junction. On April 10, 2015, FRA issued a FONSI and made a de miminis determination pursuant to Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 for KMB Task 5 and Task 6.