The Draft EIS (DEIS) was issued by the USCG for public review and comment. The Notice of Availability of the DEIS was published in the Federal Register dated May 29, 2009. The DEIS described the proposed transportation improvements associated with replacement of the Goethals Bridge and detailed the analyses and findings related to the social, economic, cultural, environmental and transportation impacts that would result with the “No-Build” Alternative (i.e., not implementing the Goethals Bridge replacement) and the four bridge-replacement “Build” Alternatives. Read a brief description of the alternatives. Read a full description of the alternatives.
The DEIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. Participation by the public is a critical part of the environmental review process to make sure that public concerns and issues are addressed. All comments on the DEIS were documented and addressed in the FEIS. On the basis of the EIS studies, public input, and comments on the DEIS, the New Alignment South was identified as the preferred project alternative in the FEIS.
VIEWING LOCATIONS FOR THE DEIS
Download sections of the DEIS.
In addition, hard copies were made available for viewing at government offices and public libraries in Elizabeth and Linden, New Jersey, and Staten Island, New York.