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RCDC & THE ENVIRONMENT
ROME-CARTERSVILLE DEVELOPMENT CORRIDOR
Modification/Justification Report at I-75, both for FHWA approval
What is the environmental process and why is it needed?
What is the RCDC project and why is it needed?
NEED & PURPOSE
Within the past two years, GDOT’s environmental team has been busy conducting surveys within two broad alternative corridors that were introduced to the CAC in November 2015. Prior to starting in the field, we mailed more than 300 letters to alert property owners and introduce the RCDC project. While we conducted desktop research on many topics required in the environmental process, our primary focus has been on the extensive field surveys including the following: database then supported effective planning by the engineering team to refine the broad corridors into two preliminary alternatives.
• Wetlands, streams, open waters (more than 70)
• Habitat including protected plants and animals
• Aquatic species
• Bats and migratory birds
• Cultural resources
Using the survey results, the team created a database of the resources and constraints with Geographical Information System (GIS) and other software. This database then supported effective planning by the engineering team to refine the broad corridors into Alternative 2B. Ongoing environmental studies will continue to support the design.
Conceptual & Preliminary Design
FHWA Environmental Approval
Plans Available for Construction