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.
There are two qualifying park and recreation resources within the project area (Longmire Community Park and Stevens Elementary School playground), but neither would be used for the project. The archaeological site described in the Archaeological and Historic Resources section above is anticipated to be documented through the Memorandum of Agreement and would not be preserved in place. As such, the site is not considered to be permanently used by a transportation facility and there are no 4(f) impacts as a result of this project.
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To see more about the study approach, existing conditions, and effects see Section 3.11 Section 4(f) and 6(f)