Park Service issues record of decision on Bonner Bridge
National Park Service has issued a Record of Decision, adopting the
Final Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Assessment of
North Carolina Department of Transportation’s plan for the replacement
and demolition of the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge.
The ROD has been approved and signed by NPS Regional Director Stan
Austin and documents the decision by the NPS to take those steps
necessary to implement the selected alternative to build a parallel
bridge within the existing Highway 12 corridor.
The selected action provides the basis for the NPS to grant a Federal
Highway Easement Deed to the state of North Carolina for the new bridge
and to issue a Special Use Permit regulating the construction
activities in the seashore associated with the project.
In the ROD, the Park Service notes that it served as a cooperating
agency during the development of the 2008 FEIS and 2010 EA to document
the decision to issue a special use permit and grant a federal highway
easement deed to NCDOT for the construction of this project. The agency
says it has determined, after an independent review, that the comments
and suggestions submitted to the lead agencies during the NEPA process
have been satisfied, and that the EA and FEIS comply with all
"Therefore, the NPS adopts the EA and FEIS without recirculating them," the Park Service says in the ROD.
The Record of Decision is available on the NPS Planning Environment and
Public Comment (PEPC) website at:
http://parkplanning.nps.gov/caha. Additional information is
available on the PEPC website or by contacting Cape Hatteras National
Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954, 252-475-9030.