Numerous field studies are required in order to prepare environmental documents and design a road within the project study area. Examples of the field studies
currently underway include surveying, environmental surveys, geotechnical investigations, hydrology studies, alignment evaluations, and health impact assessments.
Field investigations have occurred during each summer since the project was initiated in 2009. Field investigations have focused on baseline data acquisition
over the entire project study area. The data collected is being utilized in the current Environmental Impact Statement development by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
in the analysis of the alternative. Baseline data collection has been primarily focused on engineering and environmental disciplines. Environmental studies are occurring
that address wetlands impacts, wildlife habitat, fish resources, air and water quality, subsistence use, and cultural resources.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities continues to support the development of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by conducting
additional environmental and engineering baseline studies at their request, in order to meet the EIS schedule outlined on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's website (www.foothillswesteis.com).