States Coast Guard was the Federal lead agency directing
preparation of the EIS for the Goethals Bridge Replacement.
Authority of NYand NJ was the project sponsor of the Goethals
Bridge Modernization Program, which features a new bridge
to replace the existing Goethals Bridge.
The EIS Consultant Team that prepared the EIS under the direction
of the Coast Guard was led by a Joint Venture of The Louis
Berger Group, Inc. and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Community and government agency input played an important role in the study as it progressed. The USCG organized three committees to provide input to the EIS. Each committee met several times during preparation of the EIS. These committees were:
- A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of federal, state, regional, and local agencies that provided technical guidance on traffic/transportation and mobile-source air quality and noise issues and analyses.
- An Environmental Task Force (ETF), consisting of federal, state, and local agencies that provided technical guidance on all environmental aspects of the project not covered by the TAC.
- A Stakeholder Committee (SC) of representatives from a cross-section of interests and organizations that may be affected by the proposed GBR project. This committee provided input via open discussion about project issues and findings.
The public had a critical role
in the environmental review process of helping to
shape the scope of the EIS, reviewing project information,
and providing comments and other input to the Coast Guard
throughout the study process.