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This stage of the project development process includes: data collection (traffic counts, accident reports, environmental surveys, topographic roadway survey and obtaining historic plans), and analyzing existing conditions within the Deerfield Road Study Area. The Purpose and Need Document is created, reviewed and edited with input from the SIG, Federal Highway Administration, and other Federal/State resource agencies as applicable.
This stage of the project consists of the initial development and evaluation of alternatives. The goal of this step is to develop a full and reasonable range of alternatives that would meet the purpose and need of the project. A concept level comparative evaluation of alternatives will be performed to narrow the full range of alternatives to the finalist alternatives for more detailed development and evaluation.
The identified finalist alternatives will be developed to a greater level of detail and comparatively evaluated. The results of the finalist alternatives evaluation will be presented at a Public Information Meeting for public review and comment.
Based on the detailed evaluation of the finalist alternatives, SIG input, and the results of the Public Meeting, the Preferred Alternative will be identified. An Environmental Assessment will be prepared for the Preferred Alternative. A Public Hearing will be held to present the Preferred Alternative and the resulting Environmental Assessment for public review and comment.
Phase I concludes.