AMES, Iowa – May 17, 2013 – The Iowa Department of Transportation proposes to widen U.S. 20 in Correctionville as part of the overall U.S. 20 improvement project in Woodbury, Ida and Sac counties. The project in Correctionville will affect a city-owned public park located east of Aspen Street, between U.S. 20 and Sioux Avenue. The property is considered a roadside park where people can picnic, walk their pets, or rest. The Iowa DOT will acquire approximately 639 square feet (0.01 acre) in the northeast corner of the property, adjacent to U.S. 20 as permanent easement.
The roadside park has been determined to be a Section 4(f) resource and the acquisition of right of way is expected to have “de minimis” impact on the park.
Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, was enacted as a means of protecting publicly owned parks, recreation areas and wildlife/waterfowl refuges, as well as historic sites of local, state or national significance, from conversion to transportation uses. De minimis impacts are defined as those that, after consideration of any measure(s) to minimize harm (such as avoidance, minimization, mitigation or enhancement measures), do not adversely affect the activities, features and attributes of the Section 4(f) resource.
The public is invited to review the proposed impacts of the road improvement project on the protected activities, features and attributes of the roadside park by:
The public comment period ends May 27, 2013. Comments may be submitted through the online comment form at the above website, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the address mentioned above.