Mine Creek Bridge and East Lake Spillway Improvement

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 The Federal Highway Administration Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA-CFLHD)
in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is proposing two independent projects within the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Potosi Township, Linn County Kansas.
The Mine Creek Bridge Improvement project Mine Creek Bridge is located northeast of Pleasanton and on E 1175th Road. The Mine Creek project involves replacing three bridge wingwalls because the stream banks adjoining the bridge are eroding and sloughing and threaten the integrity and safety of the approach road. A large portion of the road and earth sloughed at the southeast corner, requiring the road to be closed. The other two slopes are also vulnerable and losing soil.
The Pleasanton East Lake Spillway Bridge Improvement project is located on the north side of Pleasanton City Lake East and on 1200th Road. The Pleasanton East Lake Spillway Bridge improvements to 1,320 feet of 1200th Road and replacing the Pleasanton Spillway at the Pleasanton City Lake East. The existing spillway is a concrete slab ford that is deteriorating and has created hazards to drivers. The spillway will be replaced with a pre-fabricated steel bridge.

 The final design process, environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and associated environmental compliance processes for the proposed improvements are underway. A Categorical Exclusion is being prepared to address NEPA requirements. The design, NEPA, and environmental clearance processes are scheduled for completion in July of 2014. Construction is expected to begin as soon as August of 2014.

FHWA encourages all interested persons to provide input. Comments may be sent to: Jeffrey Berna, Environmental Program Specialist, FHWA-CFLHD, 12300 West Dakota Avenue, Suite 330, Lakewood, CO 80228-2683, Jeffrey.Berna@dot.gov, 720-963-3641.Comments received by July 31, 2014 are considered to be within the official public comment period. If you would like more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. Berna.