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NEPA Process

Through the NEPA Process, alternatives are evaluated to meet the project’s Purpose and Need. Overall, the process will include:Logo for I-15 Tropicana project

  1. Establishing the project’s Purpose and Need.
  2. Examine the range of alternatives and evaluate recommendations of previous studies to identify one or more alternatives for detailed environmental study. A no-action alternative will also be evaluated.
  3. Inventory existing environmental conditions and resources including:
    • Access
    • Air Quality
    • Archaeology
    • Environmental Justice
    • Geology
    • Hazardous Materials
    • Historic Properties
    • Public Parks and Recreation Areas
    • Safety
    • Socioeconomic Considerations
    • Traffic Noise
    • Visual Resources
    • Water Quality and Hydrology
    • Wildlife
  4. Document potential project impacts and expected mitigation measures.
  5. Document public and agency involvement


NDOT and FHWA have prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this project. As currently scheduled, the key milestones and dates are:

  • Public review of EA (November 5, 2019 - December 4, 2019)
  • Public Hearing (November 19, 2019)
  • Request approval of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (December 2019)