D.C. to Baltimore Loop Tunnel Project | Virtual Public Presentation
The Washington D.C. to Baltimore Loop Project (Project), proposed by The Boring Company, consists of the construction of a set of parallel, twin tunnels (one in each direction) which would transport passengers in high-speed, autonomous, battery-powered electric vehicles. The proposed tunnels would run in parallel for approximately 35.3 miles beneath the public right-of-way of US 50/New York Avenue Northeast, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, MD 295 and Russell Street from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore, Maryland. The proposed Project would be entirely funded by The Boring Company.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), acting as the state agency project sponsor, has facilitated an environmental review of the proposed Project (Draft Environmental Assessment) in coordination with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), acting as the lead Federal agency. For a brief summary of the proposed Project and its potential environmental effects, see the video below, or refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Closed captioning (CC) of the Virtual Information Presentation below can be enabled through clicking the CC button on the bottom right hand corner of the video. Spanish transcript of the presentation can be downloaded here.
Draft Environmental Assessment
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of projects that require federal funding, approvals, or permits prior to making decisions. When a new project is initiated and the potential for environmental effects is not yet known, an Environmental Assessment (EA) is prepared. An EA provides public officials with relevant information and analysis for determining whether to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). NEPA requires federal agencies to seek comment from the public on the proposed Project prior to making decisions. The Washington D.C. to Baltimore Loop Project Draft EA has been prepared in compliance with NEPA. The original comment period was closed on June 10, 2019. Due to public interest in having additional time to review and provide comprehensive comments on the Draft EA, the FHWA has reopened the public comment period, which will end on July 17, 2019. A copy of the Draft EA is available for download here. Hard copies of the Draft EA will be available for review between the hours of 9am and 3pm at the following locations by appointment only:
FHWA - Maryland Division | 31 Hopkins Plaza Baltimore, MD 21201 | For an appointment call: (410) 692-4440
FHWA - District of Columbia Division | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, East Building Washington, DC 20590 | For an appointment call: (202) 493-7020
Hard copies of the Draft EA were also sent to the following libraries and community centers. Please check each respective location for hours of operation and EA availability:
Maryland City at Russett Community Library | 3501 Russett Common Laurel, MD 20724
Severn Community Library | 2624 Annapolis Road Severn, MD 21144
Washington Village Branch Library | 856 Washington Blvd Baltimore, MD 21230
West County Area Branch Library | 1325 Annapolis Rd Odenton, MD 21113
Draft Section 106 Programmatic Agreement
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the potential effects of their undertakings, actions that involve federal funding, approvals, or permits on historic properties, such as buildings and archaeological sites. Federal agencies must also seek and consider the views of the public as part of the Section 106 process. When the potential effects on historic properties are complex, and/or cannot be fully determined prior to approval of an undertaking, an agency’s obligations under Section 106 may be satisfied by execution of a legally binding Programmatic Agreement (PA). FHWA has developed a Draft PA in consultation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the District of Columbia and Maryland State Historic Preservation Officers (SHPOs), and other consulting parties, through which it proposes to satisfy the Section 106 requirements for the proposed Project. FHWA notified the public that the Draft Section 106 PA was available at this site in a Federal Register notice published on April 24, 2019. The Draft PA was made available to the public for a 45-day comment period which ended on June 10, 2019. A copy of the Draft PA is available for download here.