(a) A proposed action which includes a significant encroachment shall not be approved
unless the FHWA finds that the proposed significant encroachment is the only practicable
alternative. This finding shall be included in the final environmental document (final environmental
impact statement or finding of no significant impact) and shall be supported by the
(1) The reasons why the proposed action must be located in the flood plain,
(2) The alternatives considered and why they were not practicable, and
(3) A statement indicating whether the action conforms to applicable State or local flood-plain
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