The alternative evaluation process includes a detailed analysis of the environmental effects of the alternatives under consideration. Farmland impacts, including severed tracts, tracts with access change, and prime farmland are evaluated during the alternatives evaluation process. Alternatives with disproportionately high impacts will be eliminated. Additional agricultural impacts will be analyzed in detail in the Environmental Assessment Analysis. At that time, the alignments will be refined, the number of impacted farms will be determined in addition to number and acreage of landlocked parcels, uneconomical remnants, miles of adverse travel per tract, and tract severances. Access to residences and farm tracts will also be evaluated in detail. The process results in the selection of an alternative that minimizes impacts to farmland as well as many other environmental and socio-economic criteria.
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