Southeast Bypass decision will appear in Federal Register

May 22, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 4:23 p.m. May 22, 2009

Federal officials agreed to publish a key Southeast Bypass document in the Federal Register, ending months of debate about where to publish the text and whether the city was responsible for doing so.

But only a slice of the 83-page record of decision will appear in the register. Instead, officials will include a portion of the document and link to read the unedited text on the city’s Web site. The document details the city’s efforts to plan the bypass. The text should be published in the register by early June.

Council members directed city staffers to push the Federal Highway Administration to include the record of decision in the register.

City Public Works Engineering Director Bob Brock said no further action by city officials is required. Publication in the register will be free for the city.

“This is really, at least in my view, the end of the road for what we need to do at a staff level,” Brock said.

Plans to build the bypass took more than a decade of study and $4 million of city money before the City Council nixed the proposed 1.1-mile, four-lane roadway in February 2008. Officials worried about the environmental ramifications of the roadway, and said the bypass would do little to alleviate traffic congestion.

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