Corridor protection does not mean it has already been determined that a new roadway facility is needed. The Corridor Protection Study did not identify or recommend any specific improvements that could be made within the corridor. The 400 foot corridor width can accommodate a variety of transportation facility types. The next phase of study, a Location and Environmental Study (Phase I) will evaluate a variety of options - including the “no build” option - in order to determine the most appropriate improvements for the anticipated population and traffic growth. The Phase I study could find that improvements to existing routes, increased mass transit, or other alternatives would solve transportation needs better than a new roadway facility. It is possible that future studies and design could result in further modifications of the corridor. Any such future revisions would most likely be minor shifts and would not mean that entirely new corridor options would be created.

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