Mark Clark Expressway - I-526

Project Status (NEPA Process)

The steps below outline the significant milestones in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process that the proposed Mark Clark Expressway project will go through. For your information the current status is noted below and will be updated as the process continues.

Notice of Intent (NOI) in Federal Register

Public and Agency Scoping Meetings
Gather comments from the public and federal and state agencies to identify potential issues.

Purpose and Need
Define the problems to address and the goals the project will accomplish.

Develop Alternatives
Identify potential alignments that meet the purpose and need of the project.

Study Environmental Impacts
Consider the existing human and natural environment and how each of the Proposed Alternatives, Reasonable Alternatives, and No-Action Alternative may impact the area.

*Current Status* Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)
A report presented to the public that evaluates the environmental impacts of a number of project alternatives and identifies SCDOT’s Preferred Alternative.

Public Hearings
An opportunity for the public to review and discuss the findings of the Draft EIS SCDOT’s recommended Preferred Alternative.

Public Review and Comment
A 45-day period during which the public may submit comments on the Draft EIS.

Field Studies
The project team conducts field studies of the Preferred Alternative and makes adjustments to the project according to the findings and comments from the public.

Final EIS
A report that addresses agency and public comments, documents potential environmental impacts of the Preferred Alternative and presents how these impacts shall be mitigated.

Record of Decision (ROD)
Documents the final decision and summarizes mitigation measures to be implemented into the project.

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