Highway Environmental Impact Statement - Hale Eddy
NYS Route 17 (I-86), Delaware County, NY | NYSDOT
This project includes preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for reconstruction of approximately 11.3 kilometers of controlled access expressway to interstate standards. The project is part of the conversion of NYS Route 17 to I-86 and includes elimination of at-grade intersections, non-standard horizontal and vertical geometrics, and driveway access. Alternatives being considered include construction of a bypass on new alignment or upgrade of the existing alignment including service roads. Two new interchanges are planned within the corridor. MJ prepared a visual impact assessment, wetland delineation report, noise study, air quality study, stream characterization and compensatory wetland mitigation plans as part of the EIS. The project is located along the West Branch Delaware River, an important trout fishery in the Eastern United States. Innovative strategies are being developed to replace conventional storm drainage systems to reduce the impact of Route 17 on the West Branch of the Delaware River.
Additionally, the project area is habitat to endangered species such as Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), Dwarf Wedge Mussel (Alasmidonta heterodon), and Extra-Striped Snaketail Dragonfly (Ophiogomphus anomalus). The project included detailed habitat assessments for all three species. Additionally, Timber Rattlesnakes were radio tracked to determine den locations. Habitat enhancement features for Timber Rattlesnakes will be included in the overall project design to mitigate potential impacts on this species.