Nashua - Merrimack - Bedford 13761

The identification, consideration, and analysis of roadway and bridge alternatives for this FEET project are key to the NEPA process and goal of objective decision making. Consideration of alternatives leads to a solution that satisfies the transportation need and protects environmental and community resources. In general, NEPA requires agencies to:

  1. Rigorously explore and objectively evaluate all reasonable alternatives and for alternatives which were eliminated from detailed study, briefly discuss the reasons for their having been eliminated.

  2. Devote substantial treatment to each alternative considered in detail including the proposed action so that reviewers may evaluate their comparative merits.

  3. Include reasonable alternatives not within the jurisdiction of the lead agency.

  4. Include the alternative of no action.

  5. Identify the agency's preferred alternative in the draft EA.

  6. Include appropriate mitigation measures not already included in the proposed action or alternatives.