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Title: United States Department of the Army, Arlington National Cemetery : Environmental Assessment for the Southern Expansion and Associated Roadway Realignment
Authors: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District
Keywords: Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington; Va.)
Environmental management
Environmental protection
Publisher: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Norfolk District.
Abstract: Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) proposes to establish a single, contiguous parcel of land south of the cemetery by closing, relocating, and realigning local roadways and develop the parcel to increase interment capacity. This document simultaneously addresses the establishment and development components of this action with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and Arlington County as cooperating agencies. The realignment of Columbia Pike is integral to a successful ANC expansion. This EA assesses the potential impacts of the realignment to ensure that the cumulative effects of the collective federal actions – roadways and cemetery expansion – are considered. The 2013 ANC Real Property Master Plan (RPMP) and its 2014 Programmatic Environmental Assessment (RPMP PEA) discussed the elements of the proposed action. The Southern Expansion site – bounded by Washington Boulevard, I-395, the VDOT Maintenance Complex, Foxcroft Heights, and ANC – involves approximately 70 acres among three landowners – ANC, Arlington County, and VDOT. This document describes potential impacts to the existing environment and resources associated with the Proposed Action. The anticipated construction could begin as early as 2020, pending environmental review and design, with completion as early as 2025. ANC needs additional burial capacity to meet future demand; Arlington County, the owner of Columbia Pike, needs to increase its capacity for multimodal transportation. The Proposed Action presents an opportunity for VDOT, the owner of the Washington Boulevard interchange and ramps, to reconfigure the interchange within a smaller footprint, thereby providing increased safety and operational efficiency. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to increase burial capacity and extend the operational life of the cemetery and to provide an opportunity to increase multimodal capacity on this portion of Columbia Pike. The Preferred Alternative would accomplish the Proposed Action’s purpose and need. ANC evaluated various roadway realignment alternatives that would maximize the potential burial space and create an opportunity to increase multimodal capacity while upgrading safety and capacity levels. The RPMP PEA included discussions with ANC and cooperating agencies on roadway realignment options. Cooperating agencies are FHWA, United States Environmental Protection Agency, National Capital Planning Commission, VDOT, and the Board of Arlington County, Virginia.
Description: Environmental Assessment
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
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