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Finding of No Significant Impact for Road Maintenance Project

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Date: October 25, 2013
Contact: Sabrina Henry, 435-719-2135

The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the park-wide Road Maintenance and Modification project in Arches National Park was signed by the acting Intermountain Regional Director on October 18, 2013. This decision was reached after review and analysis of the possible environmental impacts of the project as well as public comments received on the Environmental Assessment released in July.

The Central Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the NPS will rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 23 miles of road and pullouts in Arches National Park. The project also includes: construction of turnarounds at Windows and Devils Garden loop roads; removal and replacement of railing at Courthouse Wash Bridge; drainage work near the entrance station, and construction of an additional entrance lane for pass holders and possible future shuttle bus operations. 

The project will occur in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to start October 2013 on the Devils Garden Loop road where parking will be reconfigured and expanded and a turnaround lane constructed. It is anticipated that this work will take one to two months this winter and one to two months in the spring of 2014 to complete. The second phase will start in 2016 and will require two summer construction seasons to complete. 

The signed FONSI may be viewed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/arch_road_maintenance_FONSI.  

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