Highway 87 Improvements

Eglin Air Force Base, FL

Environmental Assessment (EA)

TRINITY performed an Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements to State Highway 87 in Santa Rosa County. The Proposed Action includes the upgrade of approximately 9.7 miles of Hwy. 87 from a two-lane rural highway to a four-lane limited access highway. The EA covered project improvements extending from the southern boundary of Eglin AFB to County Road 184 near Milton, FL, including 7.7 miles of roadway within Eglin AFB boundaries. The project includes a proposed 4,300 foot northbound bridge spanning the Yellow River.


The EA followed requirements published in the 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.

The project crosses the Yellow River adjacent to the northeastern edge of the Yellow River Aquatic Preserve and the Gulf sturgeon critical habitat. Due to the biological issues, it was necessary to complete a “Wildlife & Habitat Report” and a “Biological Assessment” for a Section 7 Consultation with the US Fish and Wildlife. Preparation of the Wildlife and Habitat Report required a “pedestrian survey” of 183 acres for all Threatened & Endangered (T&E) species. The project area also required consultation and coordination with the Florida State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO).


Customer Reference

Mr. Terry Perkins

Eglin NEPA

Ms. Blair Martin

Florida DOT

Client Reference

Mr. Mick Garrett

HDR

Completion Date
September 2014


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