Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that the Federal Highway Administration has said it expects to approve the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Ohio River Bridges Project. Federal approval is required for the project to move forward.
"It is very encouraging that federal approval for the Bridges Project is imminent," Yarmuth said. "Throughout this process, I have asked for and received assurances from President Obama and U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood that the approval process will be expedited. With this, we now know the project is expected to be approved -- bringing us another step closer to construction getting under way this year."
In a letter to Yarmuth (attached), the Federal Highway Administration wrote that it expects to approve the Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement soon. After that approval, the agency would sign off on the project's Record of Decision -- concluding federal environmental review of the project.
The Federal Department of Transportation must also approve both the SFEIS and the Record of Decision.
The federal agencies were required to revisit the SFEIS and the Record of Decision when the states of Kentucky and Indiana revised project plans to significantly lower costs. Under the current structure, each state will finance roughly half of the project's $2.6 billion price tag.