Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Manager Scott Lanier
announced on Monday that the Draft
Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision for the final environmental
assessment (EA) of the NCDOT’s proposed construction of the new Jug Handle
Bridge is available for public review and comment until October 15, 2018.
The project will transition off the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge
about 1.8 miles north of Rodanthe and into the Pamlico Sound along an
approximate 1,300’ ft. corridor, and would require approximately 2.94 acres of
new N.C. Highway 12 right-of-way to be constructed on the Refuge. Approximately
18.93 acres of existing NC Highway 12 will be restored to natural habitat, and
returned to the Refuge.
Comments are being sought on the merits of the Environmental
Assessment with regards to Refuge resources upon amending the existing N.C.
Highway 12 Right-of-Way to allow construction of the new bridge.
Federal wildlife refuges are required by law to prepare a
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) if it determines that there are no
significant environmental impacts after completion of an Environmental
Assessment. The FONSI briefly explains why a proposed action is not a major
Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human
If you wish to review the Draft Finding of No Significant
Impact, copies are available at the Pea Island Visitor Center on N.C. Highway
12, the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters at 100 Conservation
Way Manteo NC 27954, online at https://www.fws.gov/ncgatewayvc/images/FONSI%20B2500IIb%20092718%20public%20review.pdf,
and at the Dare County Public Library in Manteo.
Written comments may be sent to: Refuge Manager, Pea Island
National Wildlife Refuge PO Box 1969 Manteo, NC 27954 or emailed to [email protected].
All comments must be submitted no later than close of
business (4:00 PM) on October 15, 2018. If you need additional information,
please contact Assistant Refuge Manager Art Beyer at 252-473-1132 ext 235.