FEMA – DR4415MS – Laurel – P#84370 -00124 PN 84370 Final Public Notice

FINAL PUBLIC NOTICE

The City of Laurel, Jones County has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as a sub- recipient.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and lowincome populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: City of Laurel, Jones County

Project Title: DR4415-MS City of Laurel – Iris Drive Bridge Replacement

Location of Proposed Work: Iris Dr. bounded by Sandra Ave. on the west and Sunflower Dr. on the east.

Facility Address Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
Iris Drive Bridge
City of Laurel, Jones County Mississippi, 39440
31.67510 -89.15381 1950

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is to replace the existing 21.25-feet long by 24-feet wide by 9-feet high timber substructure and concrete deck bridge with a new a 28-feet long by 20-feet wide by 10-feet high concrete box bridge within the existing right-of-way. The bridge work is located in a Zone AE Floodway. Location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by City of Laurel, 280092, Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 28067CO192E, dated 09/29/2010. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of Mississippi and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within a SFHA.

Proposed Work and Purpose: The City of Laurel proposes to demolish the existing structure and construct a 20-feet wide by 10-feet high by 28-feet long concrete box bridge, including riprap protection, and pavement
approaches across an unnamed drainage, within previously disturbed soils and existing right-ofway. The purpose of the project is to provide access across the unnamed drainage to a residential community. The stream crossing is essential infrastructure. Failure to replace the existing bridge could increase emergency response times to residents and businesses.

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would eliminate critical infrastructure, reduce access and potentially increase emergency response times within the community the existing structure serves.

Alternative #2: Reconstruction of the existing bridge will restore access across the unnamed drainage.

Comment Period: Comments are solicited from the public, local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to The City of Laurel. All comments are due within 15 days of this notice. The City of Laurel will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.

Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region IV – EHP, 3003 Chamblee Tucker Rd – Office #255, Atlanta, GA 30341-4112 or by email at FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please include in the subject line of the email “DR-4415-MS EHAD.” Comments should be sent in writing at the above address within 15 days of the date of this notice. Please remove after 15 days after posting.

POSTED ON: (May 20, 2020)

End of Notice