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Broad Branch Road
Environmental Assessment

The District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are proposing rehabilitation of Broad Branch Road between Linnean Avenue and Beach Drive.  Prior to moving the project through final design and construction, an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed action and its potential impacts has been prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and the FHWA's Environmental Impact and Related Procedures (23 CFR 771). FHWA is the lead federal agency for the project with the National Park Service (NPS) as a cooperating agency.

The purpose of the proposed action is to rehabilitate Broad Branch Road to satisfy operational and safety needs and done so in a manner keeping with the setting of the project area. Context sensitive solutions will take into account the adjoining land uses - residential developments and wooded areas to the west and Rock Creek Park to the east. Improvements to the corridor will consider all modes of transportation including bicycles and pedestrians.

DDOT and FHWA published an Environmental Assessment (EA) on October 21, 2013. The EA presented the operational benefits and environmental effects of three Candidate Build Alternatives. A public hearing on the findings of the EA was held on November 5, 2013. The public comment period for the EA was open until November 22, 2013. Following review of the public comments, DDOT evaluated factors to determine the Preferred Alternative. To answer questions necessary to make such a decision, DDOT determined that additional engineering and right-of-way surveys were necessary. These efforts are currently underway. Upon completion of these supplemental efforts, DDOT and FHWA will select the Preferred Alternative.

Parties interested in the Candidate Build Alternatives under consideration are referred to the EA document – see links on this page.

Comments: BroadBranch@parsons.com

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PROJECT UPDATE

Digital copies of the Environmental Assessment, in both high and low resolution, are available by clicking below:

Hi-Res Environmental Assessment (369 MB)

Lo-Res Environmental Assessment (39 MB)

DDOT hosted a Public Hearing on November 5, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Methodist Home of DC. Public meeting materials can be viewed on the Project Resources page.


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