A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, or SEIS, reviews the findings of an existing Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS. An EIS is required for projects with major impacts on the natural and human environment by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
Notice of Intent
The Draft SEIS (DSEIS) has now been completed and is ready for public and agency review and comment.
The DSEIS addresses modifications to the previously approved 2005 design. The intent of the document is to provide full disclosure of the environmental effects of the Project to the government and to the public. The DSEIS considers how the modifications might impact a variety of resources, including air quality, historic and archaeological resources, parks, trails, plants and animals. The DSEIS also reviews the purpose and need for improvements and describes the alternatives that were considered. Analysis of the potential effects on community services, traffic through neighborhoods, noise and vibration impacts, aesthetics, effects on minority and low-income populations and the indirect effects of the project are also included.
The proposed modifications, first presented for public comment at the November 2016 open house meetings, were developed to address changes in the city of Detroit that have occurred over the past decade. Overall, the focus of the design modifications is to:
- Better use existing city streets as local connections instead of building new, continuous service drives adjacent to the freeway as proposed in the original plan
- Modify local access ramps to and from I-94, M-10 and I-75
- Add “Complete Streets” bridges to provide multi-modal access, making them user-friendly for cars, bikes and pedestrians with wider walkways/paths separated from traffic and landscaping
The DSEIS was posted for public review and comment on September 13, 2019 and is available for a 45-day public comment period. MDOT will also hold public hearings on October 10, 2019 to solicit public and agency comments on the DSEIS. Please submit your comments here. The deadline for your comments on the DSEIS is October 28, 2019.
After circulation of the DSEIS, and consideration of the comments received, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) may issue a Combined Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (Combined FSEIS and ROD) document, unless statutory criteria or practicability considerations preclude issuance of the combined document.
Final SEISAfter circulation of the DSEIS and consideration of comments received, a Final SEIS (FSEIS) is prepared. This document summarizes public and agency involvement and describes mitigation measures that will be incorporated into the project. The FSEIS also documents compliance with all other applicable environmental laws and executive orders.
Record of DecisionThe ROD is the final step in the environmental review process. It presents the basis for the decision, summarizes mitigation measures to be incorporated into the project, and allows further approvals to be made including securing project funding for construction.
Combined FSEIS and ROD or FSEIS Errata SheetAs an alternative to a separate FSEIS and ROD, the FHWA may issue a Combined Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision (Combined FSEIS and ROD) document, unless statutory criteria or practicability considerations preclude issuance of the combined document. If comments received on the DSEIS are minor and responses to those comments are limited to factual corrections or explanations of why the comments do not warrant further response, the FHWA may instead issue a FSEIS Errata Sheet.