Input Sought on Draft Environmental Assessment
for the Reconstruction of Hurds Corner Road
Adjacent to Deford State Game Area in Tuscola County
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) and the Tuscola County Road Commission, invites the public to review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the reconstruction of Hurds Corner Road from Frankford Road to Deckerville Road in Wells and Ellington Townships. Expansion of the road will require the purchase of a 5.37 acre easement of the Deford State Game Area from the MDNR.
The draft EA evaluates three alternatives for reconstruction of 2 � miles of Hurds Corner Road. Two action alternatives would allow the Road Commission to obtain an easement from the MDNR to move forward with construction. One alternative includes mitigation measures for the affected MDNR property. Another alternative allows for the easement without mitigation measures.
The third alternative, the "no action" alternative required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), evaluates leaving the road in the current condition.
Hurds Corner Road is part of a road system designated to receive state and federal funds for improvements. Currently the 2.5 miles of Hurds Corner Road proposed for reconstruction are a class B road of secondary gravel. Travel is restricted on this portion during frost seasons.
To be eligible for funding, the County Road Commission must establish a 100-foot right of way along Hurds Corner Road, as required by state law. To meet this requirement the commission has asked the MDNR for an easement along its property in the Deford State Game Area in order to increase the existing right of way from the current 66 feet to 100 feet.
The easement would also allow for the correct width in right of way and the realignment of Hurds Corner Road at the township line.
With the reconstruction, this section of roadway would be reclassified as a Special Designated All-Season Route, completing a 22 �-mile route through Tuscola County that would allow year-round class A load limits for the transport of agricultural and commercial commodities.
Funds to purchase the Deford Game Area were obtained in part through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Service permission is also necessary for any land disposal.
The draft EA and attachments are available below. Additionally, copies may be obtained from the Tuscola County Road Commission, Attn: Michele Zawerucha, Operations Engineer, 1733 Mertz Road, Caro, MI 48723. (Telephone 989.673.2128 or fax 989.673.3294)
Written comments should be submitted to: Jon Parker, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Assistance, 1 Federal Drive, Ft. Snelling, MN 55111; via fax to: 612-713-5290; or via electronic mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 7, 2004.
Draft Environmental Assessment
Attachment 1 - Dodge Road (Alternate Route)
Attachment 2 - Murray Road (Alternate Route)
Attachment 3 - Proposed ROW Acquisition
Attachment 4 - Detail of Proposed Acquisition
Attachment 5 - National Wetland Inventory, page 1
Attachment 5 - National Wetland Inventory, page 2
Attachment 6 - Wetland Location Map
Attachment 7 - Data Form, Routine Wetland Determination
Attachment 8 - Section 7 (Endangered Species) Clearance Letter
Attachment 9 - Section 106 (Historic Preservation) Clearance Letter
Attachment 10 - Tribal Cultural Properties Letter
Attachement 11 - Proposed Mitigation Site