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PURPOSE:  The purpose of these public notices are to inform you of a proposal for work in which you might be interested and to solicit your comments and information to better enable us to make a reasonable decision on factors affecting the public interest.

SECTION 10: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is directed by Congress through Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899 (33 USC 403) to regulate all work or structures in or affecting the course, condition, or capacity of navigable waters of the United States.  The intent of this law is to protect the navigable capacity of waters important to interstate commerce.

SECTION 404: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is directed by Congress through Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (33 USC 1344) to regulate the discharges of dredged and fill material into all waters of the United States.  These waters include lakes, rivers, streams, mudflats, sandflats, sloughs, wet meadows, natural ponds, and wetlands adjacent to other waters.  The intent of the law is to protect these waters from the indiscriminate discharge of material capable of causing pollution and to restore and maintain their chemical, physical, and biological integrity.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District

Regulatory Office, Chief

918-669-7400

 

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SWT-2014-509

Posted: 3/9/2015

Expiration date: 4/8/2015


The proposed project is in parts of Section 11, 12, 13, 14, and 23, Township 7 South, Range 24 East, between Broken Bow and Idabel in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.  The project site can be found on the Idabel, Oklahoma 7.5 Minute USGS Quadrangle map at North Latitude 33.9413 and West Longitude 994.7592. Most of the project area is located within the Little River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

In order to meet Federal Highway safety requirements, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is proposing State Job Piece 27908(07) to correct the vertical and horizontal alignment of US 70 by widening the highway to the east and replacing the east Little River bridge and the two east overflow structures; along with grading, drainage, and resurfacing associated with the proposal.  The widening proposed project would discharge 1.36 acres of soil and rock for roadbed construction into jurisdictional emergent wetlands for the road widening and 0.65 acre of riprap and concrete piers into the Little River and overflow waterways for the bridge replacements.

The proposed Federal-aid action would consist of replacing the existing 1,012-foot thru-truss span bridge “A” with a new concrete span bridge structure.  Additionally, two functionally obsolete steel stringer/girder bridges “B” and “C”, located north of the Little River, would be replaced with new concrete structures.  The approach roadways and the proposed bridge structures would be constructed on offset parallel alignment, within the center median between the existing eastbound lanes and the (newer) westbound lanes.  The existing facility will remain open to through traffic during construction, with traffic carried on existing lanes. No new permanent rights-of-way will be required to construct the road widening and proposed bridges.  The project would require placement of approximately 5,898 cubic yards (1.36 acres) of soil and rock for roadbed construction fill in jurisdictional wetlands for the road widening and 0.65 acre of riprap and concrete piers would be placed into the Little River and overflow waterways for the bridge replacements.