As part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, a Preliminary Range of Alternatives was developed based on previous studies and planning documents, proposed engineering improvements, and input from Federal, State, and local regulatory agencies, as well as public comments. A total of fifteen alternatives were identified, including the No Build alternative. Screening criteria related to the Study’s purpose and need were used to evaluate and refine the fifteen Preliminary Range of Alternatives to seven Screened Alternatives. Following the completion of additional traffic, financial and environmental analysis, MDOT SHA determined that all seven of the Screened Alternatives meet the Study’s Purpose and Need; therefore, all seven alternatives are recommended to be carried forward as the Alternatives Retained for Detailed Study (ARDS) for detailed analysis in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The graphic below illustrates the alternatives development and screening process and where we are in the process.