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Community Outreach

Public Information Centers and Public Hearings

A Public Information Center and Public Hearing for the Route 3 at the Passaic River Crossing project was held for both the Borough of Rutherford and Township of Lyndhurst on October 8, 2002 at St. Mary's High School in Rutherford, and for the City of Clifton on October 10, 2002 at Clifton City Hall. An informal, open house format was chosen for these Centers so that the project team could offer personalized service to property-owners and other stakeholders seeking information about the benefits and impacts of the proposed Route 3 improvements. More than a dozen project team representatives were on hand to answer questions and discuss on a one-to-one basis the concerns raised by attendees. On display at both locations were large study area maps detailing the proposed reconstruction improvements, as well as aerial photographs, visual and aural simulations of what the area will look and sound like with added noise walls, and computerized models demonstrating future improved traffic flow: copies of the Environmental Assessment and Technical Environmental Studies were available for reference.. Available at a sign-in table near the entrance to the Information Center were several handouts, including a 4-page project fact sheet with a full-color fold-out map; a comment card seeking community input on the project; and information summarizing results of the cultural resources studies conducted by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration and the State Historic Preservation Office.

The formal Public Hearings were held at the same time as the Public Information Center; each session beginning with a description of the hearing process by NJDOT, followed by an opportunity for the public to give testimony. Persons wishing to give testimony were asked to sign up to speak at the registration desk, and were called on to speak in the order registered. Each speaker was allowed five minutes to make a presentation, and all oral testimony was recorded by a court stenographer and made part of the project record. Written statements were also accepted and made part of the public record. Appropriate responses to the comments/concerns were prepared and submitted to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for their review and approval. A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was issued by FHWA in June of 2003.
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