Public Hearing Improvement to Interstate 40 From I-240 to the Choctaw Road Interchange Environmental Assessment March 23, 2010 Harmony Christian Church Overview • • • • • • • • Introduction Project Team Purpose Study Area Why This Project is Needed Goals/Objectives Preferred Alternative Why We Are Here Introduction • FHWA • ODOT • TETRA TECH Purpose The purpose of the project is to address physical deficiencies, congestion, and safety issues on I-40 from the I-240 merge to Choctaw Road. Study Area Why This Project is Needed • • • • • • • • Traffic backs up at the Choctaw Road exits The acceleration / deceleration lanes for I-40/I-240 ramps and Choctaw Road are too short Low exit ramp design speeds at Choctaw Road Inadequate vertical sight distances No traffic signals on Choctaw Road High accident rates Substandard vertical clearance at the bridge Need for safe pedestrian and bicycle access Goals / Objectives • • • Improve the safety and operation of I-40 and the Interchanges Minimize Impact to the Environment Meet the Purpose and Needs for the project Preferred Alternative • Diamond Interchange – – – – – Three lanes per direction (I-40) Auxiliary lanes (I-240) Increased Traffic Storage and Decreased Driver Confusion and Enhance Pedestrian Safety Simplified Construction Sequencing (Approximately 20 months) Traffic signals with dedicated turn lanes Preferred Alternative (Cont.) – Choctaw Road widening to five lanes with curb and gutter (include ADA compliant sidewalks) – Accommodate Multimodal Facilities (i.e Park-nRide, Bicycle Access) – Fewer Potential Relocations – Additional Right-of-Way – Retaining Walls Preferred Alternative With Limits of No Access Environmental Analysis • • • • • • • • • • Wetlands, Streams, Ponds, Water Quality Threatened and Endangered Species Cultural Resources Hazardous Materials Farmland Land use, Economic and Right-of-Way Impacts Traffic Noise Air quality Temporary Construction Impacts Community Concerns Right of Way • Right-of-Way and Relocations Why We Are Here • Input on the Preferred Alternative – Online comments (emails to [email protected]) – Written - comment forms available – Verbal – record your comments with the Court Reporter – Comments due by April 23rd. Information Sources Environmental Assessment: 1. http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/meetings/a2010/i40ea/ 2. ODOT Central Office, 200 N.E. 21st Street, Room 3D 2A (2 copies) 3. Harmony Christian Church 4. Midwest City Public Library 5. Choctaw Public Library Nancy Ashton – ODOT Phone: 405-521-2676 200 NE 21st Street Oklahoma City, OK 73105 E-mail: [email protected] Jonathan Heusel – Tetra Tech Phone: 405-606-8600 119 North Robinson Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73102 E-mail: [email protected] Thank You !