From the Ask Joe File, work continues on the Southeast Connector Project and tonight one of our viewers has a question about that road construction.
Kathryn moser wrote in asking how can a six lane highway be built through a protected marsh area ?
Kathryn even sent in a photo showing one of the signs that is posted out near the construction area. It clearly states that this is a protected area, and ironically, that no vehicles are allowed there .
Good question Kathryn. I checked with Michael Moreno over at the Regional Transportation Commission, they are the ones in charge of building the Southeast Connector.
Moreno says those protected areas are under the jurisdiction of the U-S Army Corps of Engineers.
So I checked with the Corps of Engineers. They say the goal is to avoid protected areas but if its the only option the bulder has to create new wetlands or protected areas to offset any that are wiped out during construction. And in fact the RTC says they plan to improve upon the existing wetlands.
The corps says they monitor that closely after construction starts to make sure the builder follows the order.
Bottom line, any protected areas that are disturbed will be replaced.