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NCDOT, STIP I-5508 Slope Stabilization

Haywood County, NC

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Environmental Planning and Permitting

Project Summary

NCDOT, STIP I-5508 Slope Stabilization

Haywood County, NC

SEPI was selected by NCDOT to prepare environmental documentation in compliance with the National Environmental Policy (NEPA) for a series of slope stabilization improvements near milepost 7 on Interstate 40, an area that is historically prone to rock slides (STIP I-5508). Proposed improvements include rock excavation, rock bolting, and installation of rock-fall barrier fence and mesh, all of which will require re-cutting the existing slope. Traffic control, widening, resurfacing, barrier removal/replacement, and temporary catchment are anticipated as a part of project implementation. SEPI was responsible for preparing documentation of potential environmental impacts and a Community Impact Assessment (CIA), and developing/distributing a project newsletter to inform area residents. The project’s location within US Forest Service property (Pisgah National Forest), as well as presence of habitat for a protected bat species, required extensive coordination with various state and federal resource agencies.

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