(208) 678-0461 ext. 34
Released On: March 25, 2011
Reclamation is issuing a FONSI describing the construction of a new bridge as the preferred action alternative after careful review of public and agency comments, and considering all of the potential security and environmental impacts that were in the Draft EA. Reclamation has also determined that an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.
Reclamation's Snake River Area Office distributed the Draft EA for public review and comment on January 26, 2011, the comment period closed February 25, 2011, with 12 comments received.
The Draft EA addressed alternatives to correct security vulnerabilities related to motor vehicles traveling across the top of the dam and analyzed the impacts of five alternatives including a no action alternative.
Construction for the bridge is estimated to cost about $3.7 million and take about 8 months to complete, beginning in October 2011 through May 2012. Construction on the piers and bridge deck will take place between November 2011 and March 2012, when boater use is at its lowest.
Palisades Dam was constructed by Reclamation in 1957 as part of the Palisades Project. It is a multipurpose facility that provides irrigation, flood control, hydropower, and recreation.
For more information, contact Robert "Hap" Boyer, Upper Snake Field Office, 1359 Hansen Avenue, Burley ID 83318-1821 or call (208) 678-0461 ext 15. A copy of the FONSI and Final EA is available online at http://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/ea/idaho/palisades/index.html.
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