Pea Ridge National Military Park Finding of No Significant Impact Signed for the Highway 62 Mitigations Environmental Assessment

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Date: April 1, 2015

A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Highway 62 Mitigations Environmental Assessment (project) was signed by Patricia Trap, Acting Regional Director of the Midwest Region, and Kevin Eads, Superintendent for Pea Ridge National Military Park (park), National Park Service. The project will provide new access and improved visitor circulation to the park in conjunction with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s and Federal Highway Administration’s relocation of Highway 62 in northwestern Arkansas.The existing highway alignment runs along the southern boundary of the park and provides the only visitor access to the park.

provide new access and improved visitor circulation to the park in conjunction with the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s (AHTD) and Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) relocation of Highway 62 in northwestern Arkansas.The existing highway alignment runs along the southern boundary of the park and provides the only visitor access to the park. The purpose of the project is to identify a safe and convenient access road (and parking) to key features in the park while minimizing impacts on cultural and natural resources.

 On December 4, 2014, the park published the Highway 62 Mitigations Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA analyzed impacts that would likely result from implementation of the mitigations. Various alternatives were evaluated for addressing the purpose and need for the action, which is to identify a safe and convenient access road (and parking) to key features in the park while minimizing impacts on cultural and natural resources. The EA was available for a 30-day public comment period. Public and agency comments that were received were used in preparation of the FONSI. After careful consideration, Alternative A, a New Short Tour Route (the Preferred Alternative) was chosen.

 If you would like to review the FONSI, EA, or other supporting documents for this project, please visit our Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectID=46500. In addition, hard copies of the documents are available at the Pea Ridge Library, 161 East Pickens Road, Pea Ridge, AR, and at the park’s Visitor Center.

 Pea Ridge National Military Park preserves the site of and commemorates the March 1862 Civil War battle that helped Union forces gain control of Missouri. The park is located 10 miles north of Rogers on US Highway 62. Please plan to visit soon.



Last updated: April 10, 2015

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