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Abstract: This case tracks the efforts of the Connecticut Department of Transportation to gain the necessary environmental approvals to build a major new highway. The long, drawn-out process has attracted an array of community and environmental opponents. This case allows students of public management to consider the efforts of a state agency in dealing with community opposition, as well as allowing students of analysis to scrutinize the assumptions, which led to the decision to build the highway in the first place. This involves analysis and definition of what might constitute a "feasible and prudent alternative." It also provides a primer on environmental impact legislation and its effects on public works projects and allows for discussion of the conflicts among environmentalists, community groups and governments seeking to site infrastructure improvements.
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Banbury Fund, John D. Paulus, and Alexander Julian