February 18, 2003

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February 18, 2003
Scoping Notices
NEW! I-95 Commuter Shoulders (Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, Westport)
2  Stone's Ranch Master Plan (East Lyme/Lyme/Old Lyme)
3  Medical Arts Research Building (Farmington)
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Scoping Notices

Scoping Notices have been issued for the following state projects.  These projects are in the earliest stages of planning.  At the scoping stage, detailed information on a project's design, alternatives, and environmental impacts does not yet exist.  Sponsoring agencies are asking for comments from other agencies and from the public as to the scope of alternatives and environmental impacts that should be considered for further study.  Send your comments to the contact person listed for the project by the date indicated.

1.  Notice of Scoping for I-95 Commuter Shoulders

Municipalities where proposed project might be located:  Stamford, Darien, Norwalk, and Westport.

Address of Possible Project Location: John Davis Lodge Turnpike (Interstate 95)

Project Description:

As a congestion mitigation measure, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) proposes to use the outside shoulders (breakdown lanes) as travel lanes during peak traffic hours on Interstate 95 between Interchange 8 in Stamford and Interchange 18 in Westport. The project would be constructed within existing ConnDOT right of way limits.

The project would allow automobiles to use the outside shoulder as a travel lane south bound during the peak hours of travel in the morning and north bound during the afternoon hours. Trucks and other commercial vehicles would be prohibited from using the shoulders as travel lanes at any time.

The project would include the use of ramp metering technology to moderate traffic flow onto the highway from entrance ramps during hours of operation. This system would utilize traffic sensors and signals to regulate flow onto the main line.

Written comments from the public are welcome and will be accepted until the close of business on:  Friday, April 4, 2003.

Public Scoping Meetings: ConnDOT intends to hold one public scoping meeting in each of the corridor towns during the month of March, 2003. The date, time, and location of these meeting has not been determined. ConnDOT will announce the meetings in local newspapers once they have been determined.

Written comments about the project should be sent to:

Name: Edgar T. Hurle

Director of Environmental Planning

Bureau of Policy and Planning


Connecticut Department of Transportation


PO Box 317546

Newington, CT 06131-7546
Phone: (860) 594-2920
E-Mail: Edgar.T.Hurle@po.state.ct.us

If you have questions about the scoping for this project or the public meetings, please contact Mr. Hurle at the address, phone number, or email address above.

2. Notice of Scoping for Stone's Ranch Master Plan

Municipalities where proposed project might be located: East Lyme, Lyme, Old Lyme

Address of Possible Project Location:  Route 1, East Lyme 

Project Description:  Construction of new Military Operations on Urban Terrain (MOUT) facility, new latrines and showers, and a new firehouse.  Reconstruction of main and secondary gates.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  March 6, 2003

Any person can ask the sponsoring agency to hold a Public Scoping Meeting by sending such a request to the address below.  If a meeting is requested by 25 or more individuals, or by an association that represents 25 or more members, the sponsoring agency shall schedule a Public Scoping Meeting.

Additional information about the project can be viewed in person at: the Connecticut Army National Guard's Environmental Office, 360 Broad Street, Hartford, CT, 06105.

Written comments and/or requests for a Public Scoping Meeting should be sent to:

Name: Major John Whitford, State Public Affairs Officer
Agency: Connecticut Army National Guard
Address: 360 Broad Street
Hartford, CT  06105

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact:

Name: same as above
Phone: 860-524-4857

3. Notice of Scoping for Medical Arts Research Building

Municipality where proposed project might be located: Farmington, CT

Address of Possible Project Location: UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave.

Project Description

The University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) plans to construct a Medical Arts and Research Building (MARB) at the UCHC Farmington Campus.  The MARB will be approximately 100,000 square feet and will house an ambulatory surgery center on the first floor. The Connecticut Office of Health Care Access has authorized the establishment of the ambulatory surgery center.  The ambulatory surgery center will include up to five (5) operating rooms, space for pre- and post-anesthesia care, and administrative offices and will be leased to the Farmington Surgery Center, LLC. 

The upper floors will be utilized for the Musculoskeletal Institute, which will include research and clinical offices, radiology and physical rehab space to centralize and expand UCHC programs in orthopedics and related fields.  The proposed project location is on a currently unoccupied portion of the UHC Campus adjacent to the Administrative Services Building. The building will tie into existing campus utilities and will include parking area construction.  Depending on site design, relocation of the existing helipad may be required as part of the proposed project.

Project MapClick here to view an area map.

Click here to view a map of the UCHC campus area.

Written comments from the public are welcomed and will be accepted until the close of business on:  February 21, 2003 at 4:00 pm

There will be a Public Scoping Meeting for this project on:

DATE: February 11, 2003 with inclement weather date of February 13, 2002


PLACE: UCHC Campus, Administrative Services Building(ASB), Room 1010

NOTES: Parking available at the ASB after 5:00

Written comments should be sent to:

Name: Thomas P. Trutter AIA
Agency: UConn Health Center
Campus Planning Design and Construction
Address: 263 Farmington Ave.
MC 1020
Farmington CT, 06030-1020
Phone: 860-679-8723
Fax: 860-679-1279
E-Mail: trutter@uchc.edu

If you have questions about the public meeting, or other questions about the scoping for this project, contact Tom Trutter as noted above.

The agency expects to release an Environmental Impact Evaluation for this project, for public review and comment, in late spring 2003.

EIE Notices

The following Environmental Impact Evaluations have been completed by state agencies and are available for review and comment. 

There are no Environmental Impact Evaluations at this time.

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