by Max Brantley
LITTLE ROCK (10-3) – The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on September 23, 2008, that approved a Selected Alternative for the location of the North Belt Freeway Project, according to Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) Director Dan Flowers.
The Public Comment period on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) ended August 18, 2008. After a review of the comments received on the FEIS, the FEIS Preferred Line was identified as the Selected Alternative (see map). This decision is based upon review of the impacts outlined in the environmental studies, consultation with other agencies including the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Camp Robinson, and consideration of public comments collected throughout the environmental process.
The next step in project development for the North Belt Freeway Project will be to perform surveys and proceed with design work as funds become available. A Design Public Hearing will be held in the area upon completion of preliminary design. There is currently no timetable for construction.