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Feb. 6, 2009

Media Release

For more information, contact: 

Robert Brendel, Outreach Coordinator/Program Delivery
Missouri Department of Transportation
573.751-8717 or Robert.Brendel@modot.mo.gov

Improve I-70 Public Hearings Scheduled
For Comments on Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
Document Available for Review Online and at Public Offices

JEFFERSON CITY – Three public hearings for persons to review and comment on a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that describes how the Missouri Department of Transportation could improve Interstate 70 with truck-only lanes between Independence and Lake St. Louis will be held the first week of March 2009.

Public hearings are part of the review period that opened on January 30, 2009 and closes March 16, 2009.  There will be three identical open house hearings at the following locations:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
4 to 7 p.m.
Warren County Extension Center
107 W. Walton, Warrenton, MO

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
4 to 7 p.m.
Activities and Recreation Center (ARC)
1701 W. Ash, Columbia, MO

Thursday, March 5, 2009
4 to 7 p.m.
Blue Springs American Legion Hall
499 SW State Route 7
Blue Springs, MO

These meeting sites are accessible to individuals with disabilities. An on-line public hearing will be hosted at www.improveI70.org March 2 through March 16, 2009.

The draft SEIS is a detailed document that evaluates if and how truck-only lanes in the 200-mile I-70 corridor alter environmental impacts and recommendations identified in the previous I-70 environmental documents. Those documents, approved by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 2006, recommended widening I-70 to six lanes. The SEIS also updates formal project goals and sets the stage to seek funding for design and construction of the recommended improvements.

No formal presentations will be made during the three open house hearings. The hearing will display maps and other pertinent information and gather public comments.  The hearings will be held in an open house format, allowing interested persons to come and go at any time.  Comment forms and the ability to submit verbal comments for the official study record will be available at the hearings. Public hearing materials and the ability to comment will also be available online from March 2nd through March 16th, 2009 at www.improvei70.org. Written comments also will be accepted at: I-70 Draft SEIS, 715 Kirk Dr., Kansas City, MO 64105.

The Draft SEIS has been distributed to the following public viewing locations:

Blue Springs, MO – Blue Springs North Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library, 850 NW Hunter Drive
Boonville, MO – Boonville/Cooper Branch, Boonslick Regional Library, 618 Main Street
Chesterfield, MO – MoDOT St. Louis Area District Office, 1590 Woodlake Drive
Columbia, MO -- Daniel Boone Regional Library, 100 W. Broadway
Concordia, MO -- Concordia Branch, Trails Regional Library, 709 Main Street
Hannibal, MO – MoDOT Northeast District Office, US Route 61
Jefferson City, MO – MoDOT Central District Office, 1511 Missouri Blvd.
Kingdom City, MO -- City of Kingdom City, City Hall
Lee’s Summit, MO – MoDOT Kansas City Area District Office, 600 NE Colbern Road
Macon, MO – MoDOT North Central District Office, US Route 63
Marshall, MO -- Marshall Public Library, 214 N. Lafayette
Oak Grove, MO -- Oak Grove Branch, Mid-Continent Public Library, 2320 S. Broadway
O’Fallon, MO -- Deer Run Branch, St. Charles City-County Library, 1300 N. Main Street
Warrenton, MO – Warrenton Branch, Scenic Regional Library, 912 S. Highway 47

An electronic version of the document is available at the study web site, www.improveI70.org. Visitors to the web site can view all or specific parts of the document and make instant comments.

Following public review, revisions will be made to the draft SEIS and a final version will be submitted to FHWA for a “Record of Decision.” Once FHWA approves the SEIS and the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission concurs, MoDOT will be positioned to move forward with the project whenever funding becomes available.

To request translation services, other special accommodation and project information, please call 1-888-Ask-MoDOT (1-888-275-6636) or e-mail I70seis@hntbmail.org


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