Welcome to the I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study Website!
MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
are conducting this study to:
Improve regional system linkage
Improve the current and future flow of traffic and the shipment of goods between I-395
and Route 9
Avoid and minimize adverse impacts to natural, social, cultural, and economic resources and features
It is envisioned that the results would be the construction of a new two-lane road from I-395 to Route 9 or improvements to existing roads. If a new two-lane road is constructed, it would be a limited-access road crossing over or under the intersecting streets. The only exception could be a new interchange with Route 1A.
MaineDOT and the FHWA are preparing two primary items:
To help understand these items and preparing them, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has published Information on applying for permits for work in waterways or wetlands and a handbook providing guidance for the preparation of these two items at the same time.
I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study Final Environmental Impact Statement and Section 404 Permit Application
MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have released the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed I-395 connector from the I-395 interchange at Wilson Street in Brewer to Route 9 in Eddington. Printed copies of the Final Environmental Impact Statement will be available for review at the Brewer City Hall and Brewer Public Library, the Town Office in Clifton, Eddington, and Holden as well as at the MaineDOT Library in Augusta, Federal Highway Administration office in Augusta, and the Maine State Library in Augusta. A summary of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and a CD copy of the document was mailed to all those who commented on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement as well as to all local governments and elected officials in the area.
MaineDOT and the FHWA released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement in March 2012. Since the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, MaineDOT and the FHWA collected public and agency comments on it. They also began consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the potential impacts of the connector to threatened and endangered species, and, to help comply with the requirements of the Clean Water Act, they worked with and asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their determination of which one of the alternatives would be most likely to receive a permit in accordance with the Clean Water Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued their opinion in September 2014, stating that no threatened or endangered species, including salmon, sturgeon and bats, would be jeopardized by MaineDOT’s and FHWA’s preferred alternative known as Alternative 2B-2. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also concurred with selecting MaineDOT’s and FHWA’s preferred alternative.
Next, following a minimum 30-day waiting period, the Federal Highway Administration will complete and issue their Record of Decision for the study. The Record of Decision is the final step in the study process.
After the Record of Decision is signed, MaineDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will be able to begin the next phases of the project including preliminary design and right of way.
I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study Final Environmental Impact Statement
Cover, Title Sheet, Summary, Table of Contents, List of Exhibits, Glossary and Acronyms (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Chapter 1 · Purpose and Need (PDF, 5 MB)
Chapter 2 · Alternatives Analysis (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Chapter 3 · Affected Environment (PDF, 5.6 MB)
Chapter 4 · Coordination and Consultation (PDF, 290 KB)
Chapter 5 · List of Preparers, Chapter 6 · Distribution List, Chapter 7 · References and Index (PDF, 308 KB)
Appendix A · Responses to Substantive Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement
(PDF, 6 MB)
Appendix B · U. S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Least Environmentally Damaging
Practicable Alternative Determination (PDF, 176 KB)
Appendix C · U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Biological Opinion (PDF, 1.6 MB)
For More Information Contact:
|Nathan Howard -- MaineDOT Project Manager
Maine Department of Transportation
Bureau of Planning
16 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0016
Tel: (207) 624-3310
The MaineDOT has added the presentation from the July 2016 Public Informational Meeting to the Public Meetings section of the Stay Informed page.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) on the I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study on June 23, 2016. The ROD is the decision-making document for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The ROD identified Alternative 2B-2 as the environmentally preferred alternative and selected the proposed route as the build alternative. This decision clears the way for MaineDOT to begin the Design and Right-of-Way process for the proposed I-395/Route 9 connector.
MaineDOT hosted a Public Informational Meeting to discuss the
I-395/Route 9 Transportation Study and FHWA’s recent decision. The meeting was also used to describe the process moving forward as the study now transitions into a project.