Use of land in public parks, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, or historical sites for transportation projects is regulated under Sections 4(f) and 6(f) of the Department of Transportation Act of 1966. This Act doesn’t allow transportation projects to use land from these resources unless the following conditions apply:
- There is no feasible and prudent alternative to the use of the property.
- The action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the property resulting from such use.
- The use of the property, including measures to minimize or mitigate impacts, will have a de minimis (minimal) impact.
The proposed project would use land within the JBLM Fort Lewis Garrison Historic District which is eligible to be on the National Register of Historic Places, and therefore a 4(f) resource.
The project would result in the permanent use of 3.8 acres of the 494-acre Fort Lewis Garrison Historic District. The project would partially block the view of I-5 and freeway traffic from JBLM, and partially block views of the Fort Lewis Garrison Historic District from drivers on I-5. The District would not be adversely affected because the project would not impact the integrity of the features that make the District eligible to be on the National Historic Register. The project’s 4(f) impact would be de minimis.
For More Information
To read more about the study approach, existing conditions, and effects on Section 4(f) and 6(f) resources, please see Section 3.13 of the Supplemental Environmental Assessment.