SCOPE OF WORK
LOGAN CANYON ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY
The work shall consist of preparation of a draft environmental assessment, together with ancillary studies, for proposed highway improvements to the existing 40-mile-long roadway between Logan and Garden City in Cache and Rich Counties in Northern Utah.
The consultant will act .as an arm of the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and report directly to the UDOT Engineer for Location and Environmental Studies. Work will be performed in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), CEQ regulations, and appropriate directives from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS).
The consultant will use an interdisciplinary approach (CEQ 1502.6) to prepare the draft environmental document. UDOT will be continuously involved in interdiscipline discussions and activities. The consultant will organize study groups to include members as outlined below:
Task No. Discipline Specialty of Study Team Member Provided By
1,2,4,5,6,7 Team Leader Consultant
1,2,4,5,6,7 Commission Representative UDOT
1,2,6 Highway Preconstruction Engineer UDOT
1,2,6 Environmental Engineer UDOT
1 Transportation Planning Consultant
2,4,6 Recreation USFS
3 Geotechnical Consultant
4 Public Involvement Consultant
4,6 Representative of the "Environmental Community" Local Representative
6 Landscape Architecture USFS
6 Fisheries Biology USFS or Consultant
All (Ex-officio) Consultant
7 Editor Consultant
7 Writer Consultatn
7 Graphics Consultatn
7 (Reviewers) FHWA/USFS/UDOT
Work required of the consultant will include applicable items as listed in the FHWA Technical Advisory T6640.8 (February 24, 1982 and subsequent revisions thereto). Document formatting shall also follow FHWA Technical Advisory T6640.8. The work to be performed has been broken down into the following seven tasks.
TASK 1: ANALYSIS OF TRANSPORTATION NEEDS
The following factors contributing to undesirable traveling conditions are to be reviewed. After obtaining relevant readily available information from the UDOT Statewide Planning Section, the UDOT Division of Safety and the Utah Department of Public Safety, the following five topics shall be covered:
o Safety - Locations within the project limits, considered to be unsafe, will be identified. Accidents will be evaluated as to type, time of occurrence, severity, and possible causes. The resulting evaluation will correlate accident characteristics and geometric features and determine which accidents were caused by rock, soil, or snow materials moving onto the highway. A comparative analysis using UDOT summary data will weigh accident rates with those of one to two other state highways of a similar nature. Raw data, consisting of specific accident reports for high accident locations provided by UDOT, may be used in the analysis.
o Maintenance - A 3-year record of annual maintenance costs will be provided by the Maintenance Division of UDOT for the purposes of the consultant developing:
Per mile costs for corridor,
Specific locations with unusally high costs,
Statewide costs for a comparative analysis.
The locations of adverse conditions that contribute to high maintenance costs will be located on topographic alignment maps.
Maintenance cost data available from UDOT will be complemented by subjective interviews with UDOT District One maintenance personnel.
o Substandard Geometrics - The consultant shall identify and appraise specific substandard geometric locations. (how sharp a curve? how to improve a curve? identify curves first!)
UDOT shall make available to the consultant, a road log filmstrip of the existing highway and all available "as built" plans covering the length of the project. (moving vehicle photos.)
o Congestion - The intensity and regularity of congestion will be determined in terms of Level of Service. The analysis will be based on procedures described in TRB Special Report 209 and will include:
- Highway Capacities: Levels of Service C (exceptable), D (problems), and E (totally unacceptable) will be determined for the length of project.
- Vehicular Demand: Present demand will be established, based on data, from the permanent traffic counter No. 362, located west of Garden City and from on-project counts to be taken by the consultant. Two locations, Beaver Mountain Ski area and Right Hand Fork, will be surveyed in the winter months for 10-hour periods on 2 week days and 2 weekend days. Two additional locations will be surveyed in the summer months for 10-hour periods on 2 week days and 2 weekend days. These shall reflect hourly peaks, vehicular types, and intersection
- Traffic Projections: Traffic demand for the year 2010 will be estimated from information supplied by . UDOT. (Just collecting) (Information from BRAG and Bridgerland Travel Council (Cache-Rich)
- Levels of Service: Present and year 2010 levels will be determined and expressed in both peak and average hours.
- Other Observed Needs and Deficiencies: As the consultant becomes familiar with the highway section, other deficiencies may become evident and if so, they are to be noted in the environmental document.
An Analysis of Transportation Needs will be included in the Technical Appendix (described in T6640.8, Attachment, page 25) and a summary of transportation problems will be included in the draft document under "Purpose of the Need for Action" (see T6640.8, Attachment, pages 7-8).
TASK 2: LOCATION STUDIES (MINIMUM)
In this task the consultant, with assistance from UDOT, FHWA, and the USFS, will prepare a transportation plan for the corridor. In addition to the "No-Action" alternative, up to five additional alternatives will be developed that will incorporate the following components: (Examples only)
o Right Hand Fork to Garden City (MINIMAL EFFORT)
- Spot improvements to existing roadway
- Resurfacing and resigning of existing roadway
- Widening along existing alignment, including slow moving vehicle lanes, passing lanes, and/or minor alignment changes.
- Reconstruction along existing alignment (Formal Hearing Input?)
o Summit to Garden City (MAXIMUM EFFORT)
- Two new routings, including routes to the south or north of the existing highway
The existing UDOT mapping at a scale of 1" = 100', with 2-foot contours, will be used for studies of the existing roadway. From the summit to Garden City, mapping at a scale of 1" = 500' with 10-foot contours will be used. The aerial photography obtained by UDOT in 1985 will be used as the basis for the mapping. If viable routings are identified, that UDOT determines to need more detailed mapping and studies, the scope, costs, and fee of this work will be negotiated as additional work under this agreement. (UDOT has additional detailed mapping.)
Cost comparisons for each alternative, including the "No-Action" alternative, will be developed for construction costs, user costs, and benefit/cost ratios adjusted to the present consumer price index. The recommended methodology found in A MANUAL OF USER BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF HIGHWAY AND BUS-TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS - AASHTO, 1977, will be used. This comparative analysis will consider the following:
o Benefits from reduced travel time,
o Benefits from reduced vehicle operation and road maintenance costs,
o Benefits from reduced number of accidents,
o Benefits from scenic viewers (i.e., economic benefit from people driving to Logan Canyon to view fall colors, fish, hunt, etc., whose satisfaction comes from less development or a less-than-standard highway) .
All alternatives will be developed to a level of detail, comparable to each other. The end product of Task 2 will be a transportation plan containing preliminary maps and profiles (1" = 200' on clear film) showing each alternative routing; a matrix of environmental trade-offs; comparisons of engineering details relative to each alternative routing; and anticipated contrasts to the existing conditions. This plan will be included in a Technical Appendix, with a summary appearing in the environmental document under "Alternatives Including Proposed Action."
TASK 3: GEOTECHNICAL CONSIDERATIONS
A geologic and topographic strip map (based on USGS 1:24,000-scale maps) of sufficient detail to show major geologic features of the entire study corridor, with particular emphasis on the east end will be prepared. For each geological formation or mappable unit depicted, a brief description of engineering characteristics, as they relate to construction and maintenance problems, will be made. Preliminary and soil investigations performed by the consultant will include test borings, slope stability and settlement analyses, soil and rock sampling, laboratory analyses, and examination of groundwater conditions. A brief summary of geotechnical analysis will be included in the Technical Appendix, with a summary of the findings incorporated into Task 6, as appropriate. The field investigations for this task are is based on use of an all-terrain vehicle drill rig for 100 hours. In the event that UDOT determines that the geotechnical investigations require more field work, the scope costs and fee for this work will be negotiated as additional work under this Agreement. (only drill after 5-8 NEPA alternatives completed, except for summit to Garden City alternatives.)
TASK 4: PUBLIC AND AGENCY INVOLVEMENT (Sheldon Barker)
This task effort will run concurrently with the other tasks. Government agencies, community organizations, and interested r citizens are to be kept aware of project issues as they arise and their input is to be sought, acknowledged, and documented by the consultant. This will be accomplished by small group discussions (up to 10 meetings), a scopign meeting (in Logan), (several months in summer '86) moderate media coverage, and informational meetings (up to 5 meetings for service clubs, etc.). One or more staff members of UDOT will accompany consultant personnel during introductory or initial contacts with all state and local agencies and community organizations. All press releases
will be prepared and submitted to UDOT for distribution to the news media. The scoping session will follow the CEQ guidelines given in the 1981 memorandum "Scoping Guidance." A public hearing on the draft environmental assessment will be conducted in Logan. (EIS has not been ruled out.) (BEAR RIVER DAM)
Requirements relative to cooperating agencies (CEQ 1501.6), the scoping process (CEQ 1501.7), and, if necessary, Notice of Intent (CEQ 1508.22) will be the responsibility of the consultant--except in instances where the federal agency must initiate requests and other correspondence. In these latter cases, the consultant will provide support services only.
Meetings involving the general public will generally be held in the evening or on weekends. When agency participation is desired, meetings will generally be conducted during the workday. Each scoping endeavor will be tailored to the group involved.
A video tape of approximately 20-minute duration will be prepared by the consultant at least 3 months prior to the formal public hearing (or advertisement for a hearing opportunity). Alternative proposals and environmental tradeoffs will be addressed in the tape. Twelve (12) copies will be submitted to UDOT.
Until the work under this task is completed, the consultant team shall maintain a local office (in Logan). The office will be staffed and open for business during normal working hours, a minimum of 40 hours per week. Staff will be available (up to ten engineering man-days and ten additional support staff man-days) as a source of project information in the local community. A project fact sheet will be prepared
for distribution from the local office, with up to three fact sheet updates during the course of the project.
Documentation of public involvement efforts will be included -in the environmental document under various headings as appropriate (see FHWA REGION 8 ENVIRONMENTAL NOTEBOOK, Section 2).
TASK 5 COORDINATION
The first activity of this task will be to organize the interdisciplinary study team. Specific individual members will be identified and confirmed by discussions with each agency.
The environmental community representative will be determined by the community. This will be done by first identifying the environmental groups with probable interest in the Logan Canyon project. Each will be contacted to inform them of the need for a representative and to arrange for a meeting of their leadership. At the leadership meeting, the groups will be asked to develop a procedure to select their representative. The consultant will monitor the process to see that a representative is appointed.
The consultant will coordinate its efforts with the FHWA and the USFS and with the following State of Utah agencies:
o Division of Wildlife Resources
o Geological and Mineral Survey
o Bureau of Air Quality
o Bureau of Water Quality
o Division of State History?
Coordination efforts will include: 1) acquiring available information relevant to the project; 2) obtaining appropriate study permits; 3) conducting joint operations related directly to the project; and 4) providing the above-listed agencies with duplicate copies of data and findings, (developed from the tasks described herein) pertinent to their respective charges. The permits anticipated to be needed to
construct the project will be identified. (from Forest Service)
As of the date of this Agreement, it is not known if payments to agencies may be needed to assist in the project. Therefore, no effort or costs have been included in this scope to meet that potential need. If UDOT determines that payments are necessary, the scope and fee for this work will be negotiated as additional work under this Agreement.
Information obtained through coordination efforts will be incorporated into Task 6, as appropriate.
TASK 6: ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
The task will involve two areas of activity. One is the meetings of the interdisciplinary study team and the other is the analysis of environmental resources.
The interdisciplinary study team (see Task 5) will generally meet twice each month (for a total of up to 20 meetings) (10 months) The
interdisciplinary team will provide input for the environmental analysis and make recommendations to the consultant and UDOT regarding engineering and environmental issues.
The analysis of environmental re-sources will be a multistep process. It will begin with a review of the existing literature for the resources associated with the Logan Canyon project. This search will include literature from city, county, and state planning agencies, resource management agencies, universities, and scientific literature. In addition to the literature search, a field study will be conducted. This will be in with a one- to 2-day reconnaissance visit of the project area. (with environmentalists) Following this, site-specific field studies will be conducted, principally in the new route corridors in Rich County. These studies will be one over a one week period an will concentrate on an assessment of vegetation and wildlife habitat. Vegetation and habitat maps will be prepared and field verified. In addition, a pedestrian survey of cultural resources in the corridors will be conducted. The need for field studies of wildlife, fisheries, and other resources can only be determined after corridors are selected and the resource management agencies consulted. If such studies are required, the effort involved will be negotiated as additional work under this Agreemen t . (-probably do no additional studies - lots of data from the past)
Once the data are acquired, a description of the existing environment will be prepared. The resources to be assessed and the format of the analysis will follow the headings required by FHWA for NEPA documents. Potential impacts will be assessed by comparing existing environmental conditions with the proposed project modifications. Where possible mitigation measures will be developed to offset impacts. Such measures will be submitted to UDOT for approval before incorporating them in the environmental assessment. (creative? CH2M HILL: This is fun part.)
The final step in this task will be to prepare are a technical memorandum that includes the data collection methodologies and the results of the analysis. Depending on the volume of material, more than one memorandum may be produced. (NEPA has page limit) (mailing list for others a possibility.)
TASK 7: DOCUMENTS
The draft environmental assessment will be -prepared by collecting and reviewing technical memoranda produced during earlier tasks and summarizing appropriate material from each to form the individual sections of the draft environmental assessment. The document will be formatted to follow the FHWA guidelines for NEPA compliance. The preliminary draft will be presented to the interdisciplinary study team and UDOT for review. Fifteen copies of the preliminary draft will be produced for this review. The intent of this process will be to submit the draft as individual chapters as soon as they are prepared. After comments have been received on each chapter, a complete revised preliminary draft will be resubmitted for final review by UDOT and the interdisciplinary study team. Upon completion of this review, the preliminary draft will be submitted to the cooperating agencies for their comments. Modifications to the preliminary draft will be made, as appropriate. We do not anticipate a second review by the cooperating agencies on the preliminary draft. The revised document will be submitted to UDOT for final approval. Further revisions will be made, as appropriate, and the following copies of the draft environmental assessment will be delivered to UDOT for distribution:
Environmental Assessment: 100 bound copies and 40 copies unbound and uncollated
Technical Appendix: 50 bound copies and 50 copies unbound and uncollated
One set of maps on film
The final environmental assessment following the public review process is not included in this scope of work.
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