Final Environmental Assessment, Horse Creek Bridge Replacement
AIR FORCE CIVIL ENGINEER GROUP (78TH) ROBINS AFB GA
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Pursuant to the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act NEP A 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1500-1508, Department of Defense Directive 6050.1, and Air Force Regulation 32 CFR Part 989, the 78th Civil Engineer GroupOptimization Branch 78 CEGCEAO has prepared an Environmental Assessment EA to identify and evaluate the effects of replacing the failed pedestrian bridge over Horse Creek. This EA is incorporated by reference into this FONSIFONP A. PURPOSE AND NEED. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to restore pedestrian and all-terrain vehicle ATV access across Horse Creek. The need for the Air Force is to restore this access for Morale, Welfare, and Recreation MWR hunters which supports MWR and reduces wildlife on the flight line and base, and to restore base access for security and safety. Additional needs are to reduce the chance of self-help damage by hunters, adjacent landowners, and gas line inspectors, potentially damaging the property and injuring themselves. Finally, the failed crossing needs to be removed, as it is deteriorating and obstructing the flow of the creek. The remains of the existing bridge are partially submerged in the creek the pipes are corroding and they impede normal water flow and the passage of floating debris. The bridge provided the only pedestrian and ATV access to base property and designated hunting areas east of Horse Creek. The bridge also provided access to the City of Warner Robins natural gas pipeline right-of-way ROW that passes to the immediate north of the bridge location. The bridge and road are used for access to keep the gas pipeline clear of trees that could eventually damage or prevent maintenance of the pipeline.
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