Tulsa District Regulatory Permits for Public Comment

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




Published June 6, 2016
Expiration date: 7/1/2016

US 271 is a two-lane highway running north from the town of Antlers in southeast Oklahoma. This section of highway was constructed in 1934 and does not meet the current highway standards for safety and design. Two bridges would be replaced. Bridge A over Kiamichi River is only 25 feet wide with no shoulders and is considered structurally deficient with deteriorating superstructure. This bridge is 519 feet long. The overflow bridge (Bridge B) is only 27 feet wide with no shoulders, 289 feet long and is also considered functionally obsolete due to the narrow width. The proposed federal-aid action will consist of the replacement of the bridges over the Kiamichi River and its overflow channel with at least 38 feet wide bridges as well as grading, drainage, and surfacing activities associated with the bridge replacement on an offset alignment to the east of the present facility. Concrete for piers would be placed below 0.005 acre of the Ordinary High Water Mark of the Kiamichi River. The new adjacent alignment of US 271 project would result in discharge of fill material (soil) into jurisdictional forested and emergent wetlands resulting in 3.52 acres (2.11 acres of forested wetland impacts and 1.41 acres of emergent wetland impacts) of permanent loss of waters of the United States. The existing highway will remain open to through traffic during  construction, with both directions of traffic carried on existing westbound lanes. No new permanent rights-of-way would be required to construct the proposed bridges and approaches.