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					       Project Coordination Plan
Public Law 109-59, Safe, Accountable, Efficient Transportation Equity Act:
        A Legacy of Users (SAFETEA-LU), Title VI, Section 6002




          Environmental Impact Statement
           Proposed South Padre Island
                  Second Access

                       CSJ: 0921-06-163

                 Cameron County, Texas




         U.S. Department of Transportation
          Federal Highway Administration

        Texas Department of Transportation

                          October 2008
                        Project Coordination Plan
                Proposed South Padre Island Second Access
                         Cameron County, Texas
    This project Coordination Plan is provided in accordance with Public law 109-59, Safe,
        Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users
     (SAFETEA-LU), Title VI, Section 6002, Efficient Environmental Reviews for Project
                              Decision Making, August 10, 2005

I. Purpose of the Project Coordination Plan
   In an effort to provide for more efficient environmental reviews for project decision
   making, Section 6002 of SAFETEA-LU implemented the development of a Coordination
   Plan (Plan) for all projects for which an environmental impact statement (EIS) is
   prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. This Plan
   serves to inform the public and other agencies of how agency coordination and public
   interaction will be accomplished during the environmental review process. This Plan
   also outlines how the lead agencies – the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA),
   Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the Cameron County Regional
   Mobility Authority (CCRMA) – have divided the responsibilities for compliance with the
   various aspects of the environmental review process, such as issuance of invitations to
   participating agencies, and how the lead agencies will provide opportunities for input
   from the public and other agencies, in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and
   policies.

   Full public and agency participation in and comment on the environmental review
   process for the proposed project is invaluable in implementing a collaborative and
   successful process. In this spirit, this Plan is intended to promote early and continuous
   involvement from stakeholders, agencies, and the public. The Plan describes the
   proposed project, the project need and purpose, the roles of the agencies involved in the
   process, milestones, and the proposed process for coordination and communication.

   This Plan is a flexible and fluid document and will be available for public review at
   public scoping meetings, including scoping meetings, and public hearings throughout the
   NEPA evaluation process. This Plan will also be maintained for public review at the
   CCRMA and TxDOT Pharr District offices and on the project website.

II. Project Description
   The proposed South Padre Island Second Access (2nd Access) project is located in
   southeastern Cameron County and would provide an additional link across the Laguna
   Madre from the Texas mainland to South Padre Island. The limits of the proposed
   project are State Highway (SH) 100 and Park Road (PR) 100.




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III. Need and Purpose

    Development of the project’s need and purpose will be a collaborative process. In
    accordance with requirements of SAFETEA-LU, the objectives that the proposed project
    is intended to achieve will be clearly defined in the project need and purpose statement.
    The lead Federal agency, FHWA, in cooperation with CCRMA and TxDOT, will
    publicize and provide opportunities for involvement by participating agencies, elected
    officials, and the public regarding development of the need and purpose. Ultimately, the
    2nd Access Executive Committee, discussed in Section IV below, will be responsible for
    the approval of the need and purpose used in the NEPA evaluation.

    The proposed 2nd Access “needs” or problems are compromised of safety, decreased
    mobility (on the island and between the island and the mainland), elevated congestion
    levels during peaks in the tourism season, the need to support opportunities for economic
    development, and the need for timely implementation.

    As tentatively defined, the purpose of the proposed 2nd Access project is to enhance
    safety and mobility (both locally and regionally), facilitate congestion management
    during peak travel periods and emergency evacuations, provide the infrastructure
    necessary to support economic development, and to deliver the much needed
    transportation system improvements in a timely and environmentally sensitive manner.

    The project’s need and purpose will be further defined and expanded upon through the
    environmental study process after soliciting and considering agency and public input.


IV. Project Approach
    Because of the size, scope, and complexity of the proposed project, a Context Sensitive
    Solution (CSS) project development approach will be utilized. The CSS approach
    utilizes principles such as engaging all stakeholders early and often during project
    development, utilizing interdisciplinary teams, considering multi-modal solutions,
    achieving environmental stewardship, and promoting safe, efficient integrated solutions.
    The primary goal of the CSS approach is to achieve informed consent at each decision-
    making milestone in the project development process, thus minimizing the possibility of
    challenges and litigation.

    The CSS approach for the 2nd Access will utilize a structure (Figure 1) that will ensure
    that all stakeholders’ concerns, issues, obstacles, and opportunities are presented and
    vetted. The 2nd Access CSS Project Development Structure consists of an Executive
    Committee, Steering Committee, five technical working groups, and subcommittees of
    the technical working groups comprised of all other stakeholders.

    The Executive Committee is comprised of the Executive Director of the CCRMA, the
    TxDOT Pharr District Engineer, and a representative from FHWA. The Executive



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Committee will have the ultimate decision-making authority for matters pertaining to the
project and provide guidance, direction, and oversight of the project.

The Steering Committee is comprised of a single representative from each of the
technical working groups, CCRMA, TxDOT Pharr District, and FHWA. The Steering
Committee directly oversees the activities of the working groups, provides guidance for
the technical working groups, and identifies decision making points to elevate to the
Executive Committee. The Steering Committee representatives of the five technical
working groups may also, as appropriate, participate in other technical working group
meetings to ensure “cross representation” and communication between working groups.

The five technical working groups and their responsibilities are identified as follows:

      NEPA Technical Working Group – The NEPA technical working group will be
       comprised of the lead, participating, and cooperating agency representatives
       identified in the coordination plan. The NEPA technical working group will
       identify environmental constraints, provide assistance on the collection of site-
       specific data for inclusion in a GIS-based constraints database, identify potential
       impacts to resources for all alternatives, provide comments on documentation and
       reports, develop issue-specific subcommittees as needed, provide comments on
       alternative selection criteria, assist in identifying alternatives, identify and assist
       in streamlining permitting needs, and recommend and identify landscape-scale
       mitigation strategies and opportunities.

      Public Involvement Technical Working Group – The Public Involvement
       technical working group will be comprised of the lead agency representatives,
       civic, community, and neighborhood leaders, and other stakeholders within the
       study area. The Public Involvement technical working group will identify
       community issues and serve as a conduit for the flow of information between the
       decision makers and the stakeholders.

      Engineering Technical Working Group – The Engineering technical working
       group will consist of representatives from CCRMA, TxDOT, and the general
       engineering consultant (GEC TEAM). The Engineering technical working group
       will address the design of the project and identify the best practices for the
       identified type of design.

      Economic Development Technical Working Group – The Economic Development
       technical working group will consist of representatives from the lead agencies and
       representatives from the cities and communities within the study area. The
       Economic Development technical working group will provide information and
       guidance pertaining to future economic plans for their respective communities,
       identify economic issues and opportunities in the region, and assist in the process
       of ensuring that an independent economic impact analysis is conducted.




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         Funding Technical Working Group – The Funding technical working group will
          consist of representatives from the lead agencies and the GEC TEAM. The
          Funding technical working group will identify key public and private funding
          partner candidates, review and verify results of a previously prepared toll
          feasibility analysis, prepare estimated development costs, identify funding and
          financing techniques, prepare a matrix and evaluation process to identify the best
          value for funding, and ensure that the selected financial plan is consistent with the
          FHWA Major Initial Project Financial Plan.

      All technical working group meetings will be open to the general public. The general
      public, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders would be encouraged
      to participate on the appropriate technical working group or on issue-specific
      subcommittees developed within a technical working group to address issues that
      require greater input from stakeholders. Issues would be identified at the
      subcommittee and technical working group levels, informed consent would be
      achieved as it is elevated through the 2nd Access CSS Project Development Structure
      until it is ultimately approved by the Executive Committee.

V. Agency Roles and Responsibilities
   This section describes the roles ands responsibilities of the various agencies that will be
   actively involved in the 2nd Access EIS process.

   Lead Agencies – FHWA will serve as the lead federal agency for the proposed project.
   The FHWA will furnish guidance and will independently review the EIS. The FHWA, as
   lead federal agency, will be responsible for facilitating the expeditious resolution of the
   environmental review process and for ensuring that the EIS is completed in accordance
   with the requirements of NEPA and SAFETEA-LU. The FHWA will ensure that the
   project sponsor (CCRMA) complies with all design and mitigation commitments in the
   ROD and that the document is appropriately supplemented if project changes become
   necessary.

   TxDOT and CCRMA, as potential direct recipients of project funds, will serve as joint
   lead agencies along with FHWA. As the lead agencies, FHWA, TxDOT, and CCRMA
   will be responsible for the overall direction of the environmental review process and for
   expediting delivery of the transportation project. The lead agencies are responsible for
   the content of the environmental documents, and will furnish guidance, independently
   evaluate, and approve documents under their authority while ensuring compliance with
   mitigation commitments. FHWA, TxDOT, and CCRMA will prepare the environmental
   documents in accordance with 23 CFR Part 771 and 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508.

   The lead agencies will:

         Participate on the Executive Committee;
         Identify and involve cooperating and participating agencies in the review process;
         Develop coordination plans;


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      Provide opportunities for public and participating agency involvement in defining
       need and purpose;
      Finalize need and purpose statements;
      Provide opportunities for public and participating agencies involvement in
       determining the range of alternatives to be considered;
      Collaborate with participating agencies in determining methodologies.
       Evaluation methodologies may include the following: public input, minimization
       of environmental impacts, enhancement of mobility and safety, and cost
       effectiveness;
      Assess the need to develop the preferred alternative to a higher level of detail in
       order to refine mitigation requirements and facilitate effective mitigation
       planning;
      Ensure environmental commitments are completed; and
      Provide increased insight in managing the process and resolving issues.

Participating Agencies – All Federal, State, tribal, regional, and local government
agencies that may have an interest in the project will be invited to serve as participating
agencies. Appendix A contains a list of agencies that will be invited to serve as
participating agencies. The list contains local governmental agencies such as counties,
cities, municipal utility districts, river authorities, and historical commissions. The list
also contains state agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
(TCEQ), Texas Historical Commission (THC), and the Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department (TPWD).

The roles and responsibilities of participating agencies include, but are not limited to:

      Participating in technical working groups;
      Participating in the scoping process;
      Participating in the NEPA process with regard to development of the need and
       purpose statement, range of alternatives, and evaluation methodologies and
       criteria;
      Identifying and providing early input on issues of concern regarding the project’s
       potential environmental or socioeconomic impacts; and
      Providing meaningful and timely input on unresolved issues.

Accepting a role as a participating agency does not imply that an agency supports the
project or has jurisdiction or special expertise with respect to the evaluation of the
project.

Cooperating Agencies – Cooperating agencies are federal participating agencies which
have either jurisdiction by law regarding aspect(s) of the proposed project or special
expertise pertaining to the proposed project. FHWA, as the lead agency, will invite
potential cooperating agencies to participate as such. Cooperating agencies will assist in
the preparation, coordination, and review of the EIS. If a Federal agency chooses to
decline the invitation to become a cooperating agency, their response letter (electronic or
hard copy) must state that the agency has no jurisdiction or authority with respect to the



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project, or has no expertise or information relevant to the project, and does not intend to
submit comments on the project. If the Federal agency’s response does not state the
agency’s position in these terms, then the agency should be treated as a participating
agency. See Appendix B for a list of invited cooperating agencies.

The NEPA Technical Working Group will provide a forum for participating and
cooperating agencies to engage in collaborative decision making and problem solving
with project team members and representatives from other resource agencies.
Collectively, the working group has the opportunity to identify major environmental
issues, avoid and minimize impacts of the project on resources in the area, and identify
landscape-scale mitigation needs in the region for unavoidable impacts. As part of the
CSS approach, the working group also provides an opportunity for the formation of
subcommittees to address more narrowly focused resource-specific issues. These
subcommittees would incorporate appropriate expertise from governmental agencies,
universities, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders.

Table 1 summarizes the roles and responsibilities of the potential participating and
cooperating agencies identified to date.

Table 1: Cooperating and Participating Agencies for the Proposed 2nd Access
                        Roles
Agency                                                  Responsibility
                        Cooperating Participating
Federal
                                                         Ensure compliance with NEPA,
                                                         Ensure compliance with the Clean
                                                          Air Act Amendments (CAAA),
                                                         Superfund Site coordination and
                                                          remediation,
                                                         Ensure compliance with 40 CFR
   Environmental
  Protection Agency                                     Part      230    Section    404b(1):
                                                          Guidelines for Specification of
        (EPA)
                                                          Disposal Sites for Dredged or Fill
                                                          Material, and
                                                         Evaluate permit applications under
                                                          Section 102(a) of the Marine
                                                          Protection and Sanctuaries Act
                                                          (MPRSA).
                                                         Provide information and input
 Federal Emergency
 Management Agency                                      regarding floodplains, and
                                                         Provide information on emergency
      (FEMA)
                                                          evacuation routes.
 Natural Resources                                       Provide      input    on   farmland
Conservation Service                                    protection and the Farmland
      (NRCS)                                              Protection Policy Act (FPPA).
                                                         Provide input on potential impacts
                                                          to national parks, monuments,
National Park Service
       (NPS)                                             battlefields,     military    parks,
                                                          historical parks, historic sites,
                                                          lakeshores, seashores, recreation
                                                          areas, and scenic rivers and trails.




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Table 1: Cooperating and Participating Agencies for the Proposed 2nd Access
                         Roles
Agency                                               Responsibility
                         Cooperating Participating
                                                      Ensure compatibility of project
                                                       activities with Magnuson-Stevens
                                                       Fishery Conservation Act,
                                                      Ensure compatibility of project
 NOAA – Gulf of
  Mexico Fishery                                      activities with fishery management
                                                       plans for the region,
Management Council
                                                      Ensure compliance with Essential
                                                       Fish Habitat requirements, and
                                                      Provide information and input
                                                       regarding Laguna Madre fisheries.
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section 7
                                                       of the Endangered Species Act, and
  NOAA - National                                     Ensure compliance with Section 17
  Marine Fisheries                                   of the Endangered Species Act
  Service (NMFS)                                       (Marine Mammal Protection Act),
                                                      Ensure compliance with Essential
                                                       Fish Habitat requirements.
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section 9
                                                       of the General Bridge Act of 1946,
  U.S. Coast Guard
       (USCG)                                        and
                                                      Evaluate permit applications for
                                                       structures in or affecting navigable
                                                       waters of the U.S.
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section
                                                       404 of the Clean Water Act,
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section 10
 U.S. Army Corps of
 Engineers (USACE)                                   of the General Bridge Act of 1946,
                                                       and
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section
                                                       103 of the Marine Protection and
                                                       Sanctuaries Act.
                                                      Provide     input     on    potential
                                                       threatened and endangered species
                                                       within the study area,
                                                      Provide input on designated critical
                                                       habitat within the study area,
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section 7
                                                       of the Endangered Species Act,
                                                      Provide     input     on    potential
                                                       landscape       scale     mitigation
                                                       opportunities,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  Service (USFWS)                                   Provide input on potential impacts
                                                       to wildlife refuges within the
                                                       project area,
                                                      Ensure compliance with the
                                                       Migratory Bird Treaty Act,
                                                      Ensure compliance with the Bald
                                                       and Golden Eagle Protection Act,
                                                       and
                                                      Ensure compliance with the U.S.
                                                       Fish and Wildlife Coordination
                                                       Act.


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Table 1: Cooperating and Participating Agencies for the Proposed 2nd Access
                         Roles
Agency                                               Responsibility
                         Cooperating Participating
State
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section
                                                       401 of the Clean Water Act,
                                                      Ensure compliance with state
                                                       surface water quality standards,
                                                      Evaluate Texas Pollutant Discharge
Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality                                 Elimination System permits,
                                                      Review Section 9 USCG permits,
      (TCEQ)
                                                      Assist     EPA       to    determine
                                                       conformity of air quality plans
                                                      Provide input on hazardous
                                                       material sites, corrective actions,
                                                       and closure if necessary.

Governor’s Division of
                                                     Provide information regarding
                                                       Texas’ comprehensive all-hazard
     Emergency                                         emergency management program,
    Management                                         including hurricane evacuation
                                                       planning.
                                                      Support the Coastal Coordinating
                                                       Council in ensuring compliance
                                                       with the state’s Coastal Zone
 Texas General Land
    Office (GLO)                                      Management Plan, and
                                                      Provide information regarding
                                                       locations of oil and gas lease
                                                       facilities
                                                      Determine Section 106 compliance
                                                       and eligibility,
                                                      Ensure compliance with the Texas
                                                       Antiquities Code,
   Texas Historical
                                                      Ensure compliance with Section
     Commission
 (THC)/State Historic                                 4(f) of the Department of
                                                       Transportation Act of 1966,
 Preservation Officer
                                                      Ensure compliance with the
       (SHPO)
                                                       TxDOT THC/SHPO programmatic
                                                       agreement,
                                                      Coordinate       cultural    resource
                                                       consultations.
                                                      Provide      input     on   potential
                                                       threatened and endangered species
                                                       and habitat likely to be impacted in
                                                       the project area;
                                                      Provide input on State Parks and
                                                       State Wildlife Management Areas
  Texas Parks and                                      potentially impacted by the
 Wildlife Department                                  proposed project;
       (TPWD)                                         Ensure the proposed project is in
                                                       compliance with applicable state
                                                       fish and game statutes.
                                                      Provide input on landscape scale
                                                       mitigation opportunities, and
                                                      Provide input on Laguna Madre
                                                       and state fishery resources.


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    Table 1: Cooperating and Participating Agencies for the Proposed 2nd Access
                             Roles
    Agency                                                    Responsibility
                             Cooperating Participating
    Regional
                                                               Ensure compliance with the
                                                                Coastal      Zone     Management
                                                                Program,
    Coastal Coordination
      Council (CCC)                                           Review USCG Section 9 permit
                                                                applications,
                                                               Review USACE Section 10 and
                                                                Section 404 permit applications.
    Local
                                                               Provide planning documents such
                                                                as thoroughfare plans, plats, maps,
      Cameron County                                           and studies to assist in project
                                                                planning,
                                                               Represent the interests of Cameron
                                                                County
      Cities of Bayview,                                       Provide planning documents such
     Brownsville, Holly                                         as thoroughfare plans, plats, maps,
       Beach, Laguna                                            and studies to assist in project
    Heights, Laguna Vista,                                     planning,
      Los Fresnos, Port                                        Represent the interests of their
      Isabel, and South                                         communities.
        Padre Island


VI. Project Coordination

  Agency Coordination –The NEPA Technical Working Group will provide the primary
  mechanism for ensuring agency participation in the project development process. The
  NEPA Technical Working Group will meet monthly to maintain consistent communication
  and flow of information within the NEPA Technical Working Group and to keep informed
  of progress and decisions made in the other technical working groups that could affect
  natural resources. Table 2 identifies key agency coordination points.

    Table 2: Agency Coordination Points
    Draft Project Initiation Letter                                        1st Quarter 2008
    NOI                                                                    1st Quarter 2008
    Submit Project Initiation Letter                                       April 4, 2008
    Publish NOI                                                            April 23, 2008
    Agency Coordination Conference – Project Kickoff                       May 22, 2008
    Preliminary Need and Purpose – review/comment                          3rd Quarter 2008
    Final Need and Purpose distribution                                    4th Quarter 2008
    Agency Coordination Conference – Preliminary Alternatives Review and   October 27, 2008
    Evaluation Criteria Workshop
    Recommended Reasonable Alternatives – review/comment                   1st Quarter 2009
    NEPA Technical Work Group meetings                                     1st & 2nd Quarters 2009
    DEIS progress review                                                   3rd Quarter 2009
    DEIS circulation (45 days)                                             1st Quarter 2010
    Public Hearing Review/FEIS issue identification                        2nd Quarter 2010
    FEIS progress review/mitigation needs identification                   3rd Quarter 2010


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Public Involvement – The proposed project will include a comprehensive public
involvement program designed to proactively engage and encourage participation of all
interested stakeholders. The pro-active public involvement process is centered on the
Public Involvement Technical Working Group that involves community leaders and other
representatives from the communities within the project area. Objectives to achieve a
successful public involvement program will include:

      Fulfill NEPA and SAFETEA-LU requirements for public involvement;
      Establish and maintain widespread community involvement in the study process by
       providing the media and public with project updates;
      Provide early and frequent opportunities for the public, including the business
       community, environmental interest groups, and neighborhood organizations, to
       provide input;
      Reach out to include individuals in the study area with low income, limited English
       proficiency, and special needs;
      Provide opportunities to persons who wish to provide input and take their ideas into
       consideration during the study;
      Use visually informative slides, boards, handouts, and computer-generated
       presentations to help communicate technical concepts and retain public interest;
      Show the public how their input is incorporated during the study process;
      Continually enhance the public involvement process to make it more interactive
       with the public.

   The following tools will be employed to provide consistent and thorough information to
   the public and stakeholders with an interest in the project:

          Technical Working Groups – The five Technical Working Groups will be
           established to ensure that public input is incorporated into the project
           development process.

          Presentations - The GEC TEAM, led by CCRMA, will pro-actively meet and
           make presentations to elected officials, neighborhood associations, civic
           organizations, and other interested groups to discuss the proposed project and
           encourage community involvement in the project development process.

          Official Public Scoping Meetings/Public Hearing – A minimum of three public
           scoping meetings and one public hearing will be conducted during the study. A
           public comment period will be afforded for both the scoping meetings and
           hearing. All comments will be reviewed and considered by the Project Team.
           Public Notice of meetings/hearing will be published in English and Spanish in
           newspapers having general circulation in the project area.

          Fact Sheets – Fact sheets will be prepared to provide general information and
           respond to anticipated questions from the public.




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           Media Releases – Media releases will be distributed prior to each public scoping
            meeting and the public hearing.

           Website – Updated information will be posted periodically on a project website.
            The updates will consist of text and graphics. A link will be provided to obtain
            feedback from anyone interested in commenting on the project.

           Mailing List – The GEC TEAM has developed a list of names and addresses to
            be used for disseminating study information and public scoping meeting/hearing
            notices to interested parties. The initial mailing list included individuals that
            had requested to be notified of all meetings, key stakeholders, elected officials
            in the study area, and representatives invited to participate on the Technical
            Working Groups. The GEC TEAM will maintain and update the list the
            duration of the project development process.

Process Milestones – Major milestones and anticipated completion dates are identified
below. It is the intent of the lead agencies to develop a schedule reflective of these
milestones.

          November 2007: CCRMA developed a preliminary Need and Purpose statement
           and submitted to TxDOT and FHWA for review.

          April 4, 2008: TxDOT sent a project initiation letter to FHWA. The letter
           described the type of work, termini, length, and general location of the proposed
           project, and will identify anticipated federal approvals for the proposed project.

          April, 23 2008: A notice of intent (NOI) announcing plans to prepare an EIS was
           published in the Texas Register and the Federal Register. The NOI was also
           published in the South Padre Island Breeze, Port Isabel-South Padre Press,
           Valley Morning Star and the Brownsville Herald newspapers.

          May 22, 2008: Agency Coordination/Initial NEPA Technical Working Group
           Meeting. This meeting will officially introduce the project to potential
           participating and cooperating agencies. The primary objective of the meeting is
           to solicit input from the agencies that can be used by CCRMA and the GEC
           TEAM to identify and document needs, project area, constraints, and potential
           improvement options to consider.

          May 22, 2008: Public Scoping Meeting #1. This meeting will officially
           introduce the proposed project to the public. The meeting objective is to provide
           participants with an overview of the project, explain the 2nd Access study process
           and approach, and solicit input on the draft need and purpose and draft
           coordination plan. In light of previous studies and the public’s involvement in
           those efforts, a map documenting corridor concepts (developed as a result of
           earlier efforts) will be displayed at the public scoping meeting along with maps
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    area. The public will be encouraged to submit comments. Comment cards will be
    provided. In addition, transcribers will be available to record comments. Notices
    will be published 30 days and 10 days prior to the meeting in the South Padre
    Island Breeze, Port Isabel-South Padre Press, Valley Morning Star and the
    Brownsville Herald newspapers.

   October 27, 2008: Preliminary Alternatives Review and Evaluation Criteria
    Workshop held with applicable Technical Working Groups and
    participating/coordinating agencies.

   November 6, 2008: Public Scoping Meeting #2. During this meeting, the
    proposed preliminary corridor alternatives will be presented to the public and
    comments will be solicited. In addition, draft preliminary corridor evaluation
    criteria will be presented to the public review and comments. Exhibits, including
    a constraints map, will be displayed. The public will be encouraged to submit
    comments. Comment cards will be provided. In addition, transcribers will be
    available to record comments. Notices will be published 30 days and 10 days
    prior to the meeting in the South Padre Island Breeze, Port Isabel-South Padre
    Press, Valley Morning Star and the Brownsville Herald newspapers.

   1st Quarter 2009: Revised Need and Purpose Statement and Coordination Plan
    submitted for FHWA approval.

   1st Quarter 2009: Approved Need and Purpose Statement to be submitted to the
    Technical Working Groups and the participating/coordinating agencies.

   1st Quarter 2009: Public Scoping Meeting #3 to be held. Recommended
    reasonable alternatives will be presented to the public and comments/feedback
    will be solicited. Copies of the approved Coordination Plan and Purpose and
    Need Support Document will be available. Comment cards for written comments
    will be provided. In addition, transcribers will be available to record verbal
    comments. Notices will be published 30 days and 10 days prior to the meeting in
    the South Padre Island Breeze, Port Isabel-South Padre Press, Valley Morning
    Star and the Brownsville Herald newspapers.

   1st Quarter 2009: Executive Committee, Steering Committee and the project
    team will review comments received during Public Scoping Meeting #3 and
    discuss and finalize a list of reasonable alternatives to be evaluated in the EIS.

   1st/2nd Quarters 2009: Draft EIS is prepared.

   3rd/4th Quarters 2009: Draft EIS review and revision.

   1st Quarter 2010: FHWA decision on Draft EIS.

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   2nd Quarter 2010: Public Hearing held to present findings of DEIS and solicit
    public comment/input. Comments cards will be provided. In addition,
    transcribers will be available to record verbal comments. Notices will be
    published 30 days and 10 days prior to the hearing in the South Padre Island
    Breeze, Port Isabel-South Padre Press, Valley Morning Star and the Brownsville
    Herald newspapers.

   2nd Quarter 2010: Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Technical Working
    Groups, and the GEC will review public hearing comments and issues to be
    addressed in the final EIS. In addition, the conceptual mitigation plan and
    permitting needs will be developed.

   2nd/3rd Quarters 2010: Prepare public hearing report and the final EIS.

   3rd/4th Quarters 2010: Final EIS review and revisions.

   4th Quarter 2010: FHWA conducts legal sufficiency review.

   4th Quarter 2010: Submit Draft Project Development Plan (PMP)

   1st Quarter 2011: FHWA decision on Final EIS.

   1st Quarter 2011: Notice of availability published in the Federal Register and the
    Texas Register – 30 day comment period begins.

   1st Quarter 2011: Respond to public comments.

   1st Quarter 2011: Submit Cost Estimate Reviews (CER)

   1st Quarter 2011: Submit Initial Financial Plan (IFP)

   1st Quarter 2011: Review and revise Draft PMP

   1st Quarter 2011: FHWA issues Record of Decision (ROD) documenting the
    selection of an alternative and identifying/committing to mitigation.

   2nd Quarter 2011: Submit Final PMP

   2nd Quarter 2011: Review and revise IFP

   3rd Quarter 2011: Submit Final Financial Plan

   Post-EIS: Based on the EIS findings, the appropriate permits, licenses, and
    approvals will be secured prior to final design and construction of the facility.
    The lead and joint agencies will work closely with the Technical Working Groups



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            and appropriate agencies to secure clearance for the project in a timely manner to
            meet the proposed letting schedule for the project.

           Post-EIS: Submit Annual Updates for Financial Plan (FP)


VII. Project Schedule

     The lead agencies will develop a schedule for completion of the South Padre Island 2nd
     Access EIS. The schedule will incorporate the milestones established above. The
     following factors will be considered in establishing the schedule:

        •   the responsibilities of participating agencies under applicable laws;
        •   resources available to the cooperating agencies;
        •   overall size and complexity of the project;
        •   overall schedule for and cost of the project; and
        •   sensitivity of the resources that could be affected by the project.

     Potential issues that may affect the schedule include community concerns; wetlands;
     sensitive habitats such as seagrass beds, oysterbeds, and aquatic habitats; threatened and
     endangered species; indirect and cumulative impacts; and cultural resources. The
     schedule may be extended pending unforeseen circumstances, but may only be shortened
     with the concurrence of affected cooperating agencies. Upon approval, the schedule will
     be provided to all participating agencies and will be made available to the public. The
     schedule will also be posted on the project website and will be available at public and
     agency coordination meetings.




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                                     Appendix A
     List of Potential Participating Agencies Receiving Coordination
                                  Packages



Vacant, Superintendent                           Mr. Jerry Patterson
South Padre Island National Seashore             Coastal Coordination Council
P.O. Box 181300                                  P.O. Box 12873
Corpus Christi, TX 78480                         Austin, TX 78711-2873

Mr. Glenn Shankle, Executive Director            Michael Ray
Texas Commission on Environmental                Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
Quality                                          Council
MC 109, P.O. Box 13087                           c/o Texas Parks and Wildlife
Austin, TX 78711-3087                            Department
                                                 2800 South Bentson Palm Drive
Mr. Jack Colley, Chief                           Mission, TX 78572
Governor’s Division of Emergency
Management                                       Pete Sepulveda, Jr., County
Texas Department of Public Safety                Administrator
P.O. Box 4087                                    Cameron County
Austin, TX 78773-0220                            3310 South Expressway 77
                                                 Brownsville, TX 78521
Mr. Jerry Patterson, Commissioner
Texas General Land Office                        Mr. Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr., Mayor
1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 935                 Town of South Padre Island
Austin, TX 78701-1495                            4601 Padre Boulevard
                                                 South Padre Island, TX 78597
Mr. Larry Oaks, Executive Director
Texas Historical Commission                      Mr. Dewey P. Cashwell Jr.,
P.O. Box 12276                                   City Manager
Austin, TX 78711-2276                            Town of South Padre Island
                                                 South Padre Island, TX 78597
Carter Smith, Executive Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department              Mr. Patrick Marchan, Mayor
4200 Smith School Road                           City of Port Isabel
Austin, TX 78744                                 305 E. Maxan St.
                                                 Port Isabel, TX 78578




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Patricio Ahumada, Mayor
City of Brownsville
P.O. Box 911
Brownsville, TX 78520

Mr. David Privett, Mayor
City of Laguna Vista
122 Fernandez St.
Lagina Vista, TX 78578

Mr.Marc Sundquist, Mayor
City of Bayview
110 S. San Roman
Los Fresnos, TX 78566

Mr. David Winstead, Mayor
City of Los Fresnos
200 N. Brazil
Los Fresnos, TX 78566

Mr. Chris Boswell, Mayor
City of Harlingen, City Hall
118 E. Tyler
Harlingen, TX 78550




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                                   Appendix B
     List of Potential Cooperating Agencies Receiving Coordination
                                Packages


Mr. Richard Greene, Region 6 Administrator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200
Dallas, TX 75202

Mr. William E. Peterson, Region 6 Director
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FRC 800 North Loop 288
Denton, TX 76209-3698

Mr. Donald Gohmert, State Conservationist
Natural Resources Conservation Service
101 South Main
Temple, TX 76501

Dr. Roy Crabtree, Regional Administrator
National Marine and Fisheries Service, Southeast Division
263 13th Avenue, South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Commander David Frank
U.S. Coast Guard
Eighth Coast Guard District
Hale Boggs Federal Building, 500 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Col. David C. Weston
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2000 Fort Point Road
Galveston, TX 77550

Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103-130




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