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about the projectsENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT - DECEMBER, 2010

Note to the Reader: 

The Environmental Assessment (EA) available through this web page was prepared by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) pusuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).  This document evaluates a range of alternatives and impacts for the permanent replacement of the 1936 Fore River Bridge, which was demolished in 2004 and temporarily replaced with the existing ACROW span bridge.  The EA was made available for the public's review and comment on December 13, 2010 through this website, local libraries in Braintree, Quincy, and Weymouth, and directly from MassDOT.  On January 13, 2011, a public information meeting to introduce the EA to the community and obtain public comment was held at the Fore River Clubhouse in Quincy, Massachusetts. 

As of January 26, 2011 the public comment period for the EA is closed.  Comments received by either MassDOT or FHWA will be shared promptly with the other agency so that all written comments can be properly registered. The EA document contains a substantial amount of information regarding the Fore River Bridge replacement project and provides answers to many of the commonly asked questions voiced during the public involvement process to date.  In the interest of making this information available to the community, the EA will remain available through this website even though the public comment period has closed.

About size: please note that many of the chapters and appendices of the Environmental Assessment are very large in terms of disk space.  While some of the chapters and appendices have been broken into segments to make them easier to view on this website, users, particularly those with wireless or dial-up connections, are strongly encouraged to download the pieces and review them locally rather than attempting to review them directly through the website.  Please note that below, the letters MB should be understood to represent the term megabyte.  The higher the number of megabytes, the larger the file.


Chapters of the Environmental Assessment:
Attachments of the Environmental Assessment (all less than 1.0 MB) Appendices of the Environmental Assessment
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