Access Improvement Initiative - US Army

Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Environmental Assessment (EA)

TRINITY performed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for planned improvements to the primary route of access to the US Army 6th Ranger Battalion camp (Camp Rudder). Access to the Camp is limited to one two-lane paved route, traversing 16.5 miles of Eglin AFB reservation. The route requires negotiating several active Eglin Test and Training Ranges (ETTRs) along the way, subjecting it to closures due to military missions. An alternative route of primary access is needed to provide Camp Rudder with relatively unencumbered ingress/egress.

The EA Proposed Action would occur primarily on Eglin AFB property, connecting to State Highway 85 south of Crestview, FL. The Proposed Action includes construction of up to eight bridges crossing small streams that discharge into the Yellow or Shoal Rivers. In addition, there is an alternative action calling for a ~4,800-foot bridge to be constructed over the Yellow River. The EA followed requirements published in Air Force Instruction 32-7061 “The Environmental Impact Analysis Process”, March 12, 2003 codified in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 32 Part 989 (32 CFR 989), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) implementing regulations 40 CFR 1500-1508, as well as, Executive Order (EO) 11988 – Floodplain Management and EO 11990 – Protection of Wetlands. Consultation and coordination with US Fish and Wildlife and the Florida State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) was required to complete the assessment.

Customer Reference

Mr. Mike Jago

Eglin NEPA

Mr. Glenn Todd

US Army, Fort Benning

Client Reference

Ms. Terri Thomas

USACE Omaha District (former)

Completion Date

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