Posted: January 21, 2022


The Alabama Forestry Commission has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through Alabama Emergency Management (AEM) as a sub-grantee.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Sub-Applicant: Alabama Forestry Commission (513 Madison Ave Montgomery, Alabama 36104)

Project Title: PA-04-AL-4563-PW-430, Project 163700

Location of Proposed Work: Bridge Replacement Harrison Rd 4577 at Triangle Branch Creek (31.16096, -86.17321)

Facility Address Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
Bridge at Triangle Branch Creek Harrison Rd 4577 Kinston, AL 36453 31.16096 -86.17321 1970

Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the replacement of building components and structures. All work is located in an unshaded X zone. Confirmation of location was determined by the Geneva County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number” 01061C0020D, dated 02/20/2008. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of Alabama and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location. The proposed work will take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and minimization measure will be implemented to reduce any adverse effects to the wetland.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The Alabama Forestry Commission plans to replace a previously destroyed bridge (14 FT long x 12 FT wide x 7 FT high) with a new bridge (16 FT long x 12 FT wide x 9 FT high) and replace the clay gravel mix bridge approach (31.1111 CY, 30 FT long x 14 FT wide x 2 FT thick). Materials will include the following: twenty-four (24) wooden decking boards (12 FT long x 6 IN wide x 3 IN thick), ten (10) wooden stringers (14 FT long x 16 IN wide x 4 IN thick), two (2) wooden pile caps (12 FT long x 8 IN wide x 8 IN thick), eight (8) wooden pilings (25 FT long x 12 IN in diameter), sixteen (16) wooden headwall boards (12 FT long x 6 IN wide x 3 IN thick), eight (8) wooden pilings for wingwall (12 FT long x 6 IN in diameter), and thirty-two (32) wooden wing wall boards (6 FT long x 6 IN wide x 3 IN thick). The new bridge will be constructed 2 FT higher in elevation than the old bridge to allow water to flow more freely under the bridge. Total Project Cost with HMP (Hazard Mitigation Plan): $65,000

Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The “no action” alternative would ultimately result in a negative impact on the state forest due to restricted access to parts of the forest. If these repairs are not made, then adverse economic and social impacts may occur.

Alternative #2 (Repair to pre-disaster condition) Repairing the bridge to pre-disaster condition would return the bridge to the original height. This would make the bridge vulnerable to reoccurring flood damages. This alternative is not practical as it would not mitigate future flooding damages.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state, or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to Alabama Forestry Commission. All comments are due within 30 day of this notice. The Alabama Forestry Commission will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.

Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4563-AL-00430 11988 COMMENT].

All comments are due by no later than 15 days of the posted date of this notice.

POSTED ON: (1/22/2022 )

End of Notice