The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) documents the potential impacts and benefits, and ways to avoid or minimize impacts for construction and long-term management of the project alternatives.

 Chapter 2.0 describes how the alternatives were developed, summarizes each alternative in detail, and overviews what would be required to construct each alternative. The project alternatives are summarized below.

Visual Simulations

In support of the visual resources analysis for the Draft EIS, the project team prepared visual simulations from different locations in the Project Area. Locations for these simulations were selected in areas where the alternatives would be expected to have the highest potential for people to observe changes in visual character because of the project (i.e., public places—parks, public rights-of-way, or the Capitol Campus). These locations were selected because they represent the following:

  • Views experienced by a large number of visitors.
  • Locations where the changes caused by the project alternatives would be highly visible.
  • Locations that will also help the viewer understand the typical changes that would occur elsewhere in the Project Area as a result of the project alternatives.

The locations were also reviewed by the Community Sounding Board and then modified based on that feedback.

An aerial image that denotes the study area for Visual Resources. This includes areas in and around the Project Area. Key View Points (KVPs) are placed at the north end of the North Basin (Eastern Butte; KVP-NB-1), the North Overlook near on the Capitol Campus (KVP-NB-2), Marathon Park (KVP-NB-3), and at the Interpretive Center (KVP-MB-1).
Locations of visual simulations.