Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge River 'S' Unit Access Project

January 2013 Project Updates

The Federal Highway Administration and the Fish and Wildlife Service have completed preliminary development and screening of alternatives. Over the next few weeks, we will be posting updated information and sending out a new newsletter. A public open house will be held on January 31, 2013 to obtain comments on the range of alternatives and the screening process. The alternatives and screening criteria will be posted in the newsletter ahead of the open house so you may comment at the meeting or through this web site.

New Information:

Project Overview

In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published its Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) for the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. The CCP included a Transportation Access Study completed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); that study was a preliminary review of alternatives providing access improvements to the River 'S' Unit.

The USFWS has now requested FHWA's Western Federal Lands Division office in Vancouver, Washington, to lead the River 'S' Unit Access Project under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). By building upon past planning efforts, the FHWA will produce an in-depth transportation analysis to assess the current access location and identify specific alternative locations to the River 'S' Unit. With this new effort, FHWA is planning on engaging in a public scoping process under NEPA to develop the Purpose and Need and a full range of alternatives to address access related problems to the River 'S' Unit.

Purpose and Need

Comments may be submitted electronically by using the Comment Sheet

Vicinity Map



Map showing general vicinity of project
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Project Details
Project # WA RRP RIDG 100(2)
Project Name Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge River 'S' Unit Access Project
Location Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Status In Development

Project Schedule

Project Schedule
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Contact Information

Project Email Address:

Michael Traffalis, Project Manager

Federal Highway Administration
Western Federal Lands Highway Division
610 East Fifth Street
Vancouver, WA 98661-3801