Sarpy County I-80 Planning and Environmental Linkages Study


The Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), in coordination with Sarpy County and the Cities of Gretna and Papillion, is developing the Sarpy County I-80 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study. The planning process began during summer 2020 and will continue through summer 2021.

It will evaluate the need for a new interchange in Sarpy County south and west of Nebraska Highway 370 and Nebraska Highway 50, which is a high-growth area. If a new interchange is needed, the study will explore and evaluate locations for it. The effort will build on the results of previous studies, analyze traffic and land use, develop and evaluate alternatives, and engage the public. Once the study is completed, future work may involve preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, an Interchange Justification Report (IJR), design, and construction.

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The concept of a PEL study is to bring together the planning efforts conducted up to and during this stage and to integrate them into the environmental documentation process, or NEPA, and to help make that transition as smooth as possible. NEPA is a strict process law and requires certain protocols to be followed during project development, alternatives screening, and evaluation of impacts. A PEL study offers a little more flexibility in the planning process, yet still requires enough detail to be gathered and considered.

The results of the PEL can inform, direct, and assist the NEPA process and decision makers when it comes to pursuing specific projects identified during the PEL process. The PEL process is particularly useful when the number and/or of types of projects are unknown, the costs or potential resources are unknown, and the funding sources or impacts are unknown. The PEL process can help identify these unknowns, direct decision makers to the appropriate NEPA document, and begin to lay the framework for avoiding impacts and identifying funding sources.


Jim Boerner
MAPA Transportation Planner
402-444-6866 x3231

(MAPA continues to work remotely – email will provide a timelier response)

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