FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is an Environmental Assessment, and what is it intended to accomplish?
Who is responsible for the study?
The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) is the steward of the environmental review process for federal projects in Utah, assigned through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As such, UDOT is responsible for ensuring that the study is performed consistent with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). While input from the public is vital in helping shape the scope and outcome of the study, UDOT has the final approval and decision-making authority.
Has the decision to build an interchange already been made? Is the purpose of the study just to look at impacts and what do to about them?
No decisions have been made as to what improvements are needed or what could fix the existing or future problems. During the first phase of the study, the project team collected data to identify potential challenges and opportunities requiring further analysis in the Environmental Assessment.
How will all the needed transportation improvements in the area be included in the study?
This study will account for all projects listed in Mountainland Association of Government’s (MAG) 2019-2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) as part of the No-action conditions. The No-action Alternative will also include projects listed in the Springville City Transportation Master Plan, Spanish Fork City Transportation Master Plan, and the UDOT Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan. These planned improvements will be taken into consideration when modeling traffic and analyzing alternatives.
How can I provide input?