North Carolina State Route 1001
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) propose to replace the bridge along State Route 1001, over the French Broad River, in the town of Marshall with two new bridges, both requiring Section 26a approval. The existing bridge is considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient for vehicular traffic; but, because of a citizen's group request, NCDOT may allow the bridge to remain in-place for pedestrian traffic only. The replacement of or rerouting of vehicle traffic from this bridge to two new bridges would result in improved access, traffic flow, and public safety.
Because the project would adversely impact historic properties, FHWA and North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act on June 6, 2002 specifying measure to mitigate impacts. Because of its responsibility in issuance of a federal permit, TVA signed a concurring party MOA on October 19, 2004. TVA approved the project and issued its Section 26a permit on November 18, 2004.
Copies of the TVA Final Environmental Assessment or United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration and North Carolina Department of Transportation Final Categorical Exclusion and Final Section 4(F) Evaluation (referenced attachments) can be provided upon request. Write Stanford E. Davis, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 8C, Knoxville, TN 37902, or call him at 865-632-2915.
Comments, questions or a request for a copy of the above referenced information may also be sent via e-mail to Stanford E. Davis.