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SAW-2018-02343

Posted: 1/10/2019

Expiration date: 2/11/2019


PUBLIC NOTICE

Issue Date: January 10, 2019

Comment Deadline: February 11, 2019

Corps Action ID Number: SAW-2018-02343

The Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers (Corps) received an application from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC DOT), seeking Department of the Army authorization to fill various waters of the U.S., including wetlands, for the widening of approximately 15 miles of NC 150 from the NC 16 Bypass in Catawba County, to just west of the US 21/NC 150 Interchange, in Iredell County. The project also includes improvements to the I-77/NC 150 interchange in Mooresville.

This is a Phased Individual Permit application. The project is divided into two sections. Section A (R-2307A) extends from the NC 16 Bypass to SR 1902 (Harvel Road). For R-2307A, the following impacts are preliminary: permanently fill 0.43 acre of forested wetland, permanently fill 0.30 acre of emergent wetland, pipe/fill 1,117 linear feet of stream channel and fill 6.03 acres of open water.

Section B (R-2307B) extends from SR 1902 (Harvel Road) to the US 21/NC150 interchange and includes the I-5717 component, the I-77 interchange. For R-2307B, the following impacts are final: permanently fill 0.05 acre of emergent wetland, mechanically clear 0.01 acre of emergent wetland, pipe/fill 447 linear feet of stream channel, fill 7.05 acres of open water and temporarily fill 0.1 acre of open water.

Specific plans and location information are described below and shown on the attached plans (Sheets 1 – 22, dated July 11, 2018). This Public Notice and all attached plans are also available on the Wilmington District Web Site at http://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/RegulatoryPermitProgram.aspx

Applicant: Mr. Michael Turchy, North Carolina Department of Transportation, 1598

Mail Service Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27699-1598. Phone: (919) 707-6157.

Email: maturchy@ncdot.gov

Authority

The Corps evaluates this application and decides whether to issue, conditionally issue, or deny the proposed work pursuant to applicable procedures of the following Statutory

Authorities:

Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1344)

 

 

Location

 

 

Location Description:

Project Area (acres): 910 acres

Nearest Town: Mooresville

Nearest Waterway: Lake Norman

River Basin: Catawba River

Latitude and Longitude: 35.60489 N, - 80.94094 W

Existing Site Conditions

Along the 15 miles of NC 150 corridor/project area, the primary land uses are residential, commercial and industrial with few green spaces. Within the project area, NC 150 crosses Lake Norman. Currently, NC 150 is a 2 to 3 lane undivided highway throughout the length of the proposed project.

Applicant’s Stated Purpose

The purpose of the project is to improve capacity and reduce congestion along NC 150 from the NC 16 Bypass to just west of the US 21/NC 150 interchange. The need for the project stems from NC 150 being the major east-west route between Shelby, Lincolnton, and Mooresville, North Carolina. The existing NC 150 is a 2 or 3 lane undivided highway. The traffic demands and travel patterns for commuters and commercial traffic result in heavy traffic during peak periods, and frequent congestion and delays. The existing configuration will not support projected traffic volumes. With the projected growth in the corridor, particularly near the I-77 interchange with NC 150, NC DOT predicts more frequent delays and extended travel times. Projected traffic volumes along the entire length of NC 150 will exceed two-lane capacity by 2040. Additionally, fivelane capacity will be exceeded from the Mooresville Crossing shopping center entrance to US 21 by 2040.

Project Description

The proposed action includes widening, replacing several bridges, and access management measures. The proposed roadway cross-section will be a four-lane, divided facility including curb and gutter. In the rural areas, the median would be 46 foot wide with 8 foot shoulders. In the more urban/suburban areas, the  median would be a 23 foot raised median with 10 foot shoulders. The project also includes reconfiguring the I-77/NC 150 interchange.

Avoidance and Minimization

The applicant provided the following information in support of efforts to avoid and/or minimize impacts to the aquatic environment:

The NCDOT is committed to incorporating all reasonable and practicable design features to avoid and minimize jurisdictional impacts, at all stages of a project, and to provide full compensatory mitigation of all remaining, unavoidable jurisdictional impacts.

Overall avoidance and minimization measures include:

Grass swales were added anywhere there is room to allow for stormwater treatment and velocity reduction.

Specific avoidance and minimization measures include:

Roadway Plan sheet 5 (No 404 Site Number, Site 1 and 3 on Buffer Drawings):

Roadway slopes were reduced to avoid 404 impacts. (However, Catawba Buffer impacts remain). (Avoidance)

Sites 3 and 4: The multi-use path on the bridge will be used to collect stormwater so it will not directly discharge into Lake Norman. Stormwater will be collected into hazardous spill basins on either side of the bridge. (Minimization)

Site 5: Fill slopes and drainage related impacts were shifted to avoid impacts to the wetland. (Avoidance and Minimization)

Sheet 9 (No 404 Site Number, Site 8 on Buffer Drawings): Fill slopes and drainage related impacts were shifted to avoid impacts to Lake Norman. (However, Catawba Buffer Impacts to remain). (Avoidance)

Site 7: There will be no roadway drainage directly to this stream. All roadway water is being carried for treatment in a basin. (Minimization)

Sheets 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 (No Jurisdictional Impacts). All stormwater on these pages are routed to a basin for treatment and velocity reduction. (Minimization)

Compensatory Mitigation

The applicant offered the following compensatory mitigation plan to offset unavoidable functional loss to the aquatic environment: NC DOT contacted the NC Division of Mitigation Services for 0.6 acres of riparian wetland, 447 linear feet of streams, and 20,406 square feet of Zone 1 and 14,992 square feet of Zone 2 Catawba Buffer. On December 19, 2018, the NC Division of Mitigation Services accepted the NC DOT request and will provide the required compensatory mitigation. This mitigation is generally assessed at a 2:1 ratio. Compensatory mitigation for R-2307A impacts have not been requested, as the projected construction start date for Section A is greater than 5 years.

Essential Fish Habitat

Pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, this Public Notice initiates the Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultation requirements. The Corps’ initial determination is that the proposed project will have no effect EFH or associated fisheries managed by the South Atlantic or Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Councils or the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Cultural Resources

Pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Appendix C of 33 CFR Part 325, and the 2005 Revised Interim Guidance for Implementing Appendix C, the District Engineer consulted district files and records and the latest published version of the National Register of Historic Places and initially determines that:

 

 

 

Historic properties, or properties eligible for inclusion in the National Register, are present within the Corps’ permit area; however, the undertaking will have no adverse effect on these historic properties. The Corps subsequently requests concurrence from the SHPO (or THPO).

 

 

 

 

 

The District Engineer’s final eligibility and effect determination will be based upon coordination with the SHPO and/or THPO, as appropriate and required, and with full consideration given to the proposed undertaking’s potential direct and indirect effects on historic properties within the Corps-indentified permit area.

Endangered Species

Pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Corps reviewed the project area, examined all information provided by the applicant and consulted the latest North Carolina Natural Heritage Database. Based on available information:

The Corps determines that the proposed project may affect federally listed endangered or threatened species or their formally designated critical habitat.  The

 

Other Required Authorizations

The Corps forwards this notice and all applicable application materials to the appropriate State agencies for review. North Carolina Division of Water Resources (NCDWR): The Corps will generally not make a final permit decision until the NCDWR issues, denies, or waives the state Certification as required by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (PL 92-500). The receipt of the application and this public notice, combined with the appropriate application fee, at the NCDWR Central Office in Raleigh constitutes initial receipt of an application for a 401 Certification. A waiver will be deemed to occur if the NCDWR fails to act on this request for certification within sixty days of receipt of a complete application. Additional information regarding the 401 Certification may be reviewed at the NCDWR Central Office, 401 and Buffer Permitting Unit, 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604-2260. All persons desiring to make comments regarding the application for a 401 Certification should do so, in writing, by February 1, 2019 to:

NCDWR Central Office

Attention: Ms. Amy Chapman, 401 and Buffer Permitting Unit

(USPS mailing address): 1617 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1617

Or, (physical address): 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh, North Carolina 27604

North Carolina Division of Coastal Management (NCDCM):

 

 

Based upon all available information, the Corps determines that this application for a Department of Army (DA) permit does not involve an activity which would affect the coastal zone, which is defined by the Coastal Zone Management (CZM) Act (16 U.S.C. § 1453).

Evaluation

The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impacts including cumulative impacts of the proposed activity on the public interest. That decision will reflect the national concern for both protection and utilization of important resources. The benefit which reasonably may be expected to accrue from the proposal must be balanced against its reasonably foreseeable detriments. All factors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered including the cumulative effects thereof; among those are conservation, economics, aesthetics, general environmental concerns, wetlands, historic properties, fish and wildlife values, flood hazards, flood plain values (in accordance with Executive Order 11988), land use, navigation, shoreline erosion and accretion, recreation, water supply and conservation, water quality, energy needs, safety, food and fiber production, mineral needs, considerations of property ownership, and, in general, the needs and welfare of the people. For activities involving the discharge of dredged or fill materials in waters of the United States, the evaluation of the impact of the activity on the public interest will include application of the Environmental Protection Agency’s 404(b)(1) guidelines.

Due to the current lapse in funding for other Federal agencies that may have an interest in commenting on the proposed action, the District Engineer may extend the comment period to allow such agencies to comment so that the he can complete his required Public Interest Review.

Commenting Information

The Corps of Engineers is soliciting comments from the public; Federal, State and local agencies and officials, including any consolidated State Viewpoint or written position of the Governor; Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity. Any comments received will be considered by the Corps of Engineers to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. To make this decision, comments are used to assess impacts on endangered species, historic properties, water quality, general environmental effects and the other public interest factors listed above. Comments are used in the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA) and/or an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Comments are also used to determine the need for a public hearing and to determine the overall public interest of the proposed activity.

Any person may request, in writing, within the comment period specified in this notice, that a public hearing be held to consider the application. Requests for public hearings shall state, with particularity, the reasons for holding a public hearing. Requests for a public hearing will be granted, unless the District Engineer determines that the issues raised are insubstantial or there is otherwise no valid interest to be served by a hearing.

The Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District will receive written comments pertinent to the proposed work, as outlined above, until 5pm, February 11, 2019. Comments should be submitted to Ms. Nicholle Braspennickx, Charlotte Regulatory Office, c/o Asheville Regulatory Office, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 208, Asheville, North Carolina, 28801-5006, at 704-510-0162, or at Nicholle.M.Braspennickx@usace.army.mil.