[31 Pa.B. 3256]
Pursuant to the provisions of 71 P. S. § 2002(b), the Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:
The Department of Transportation plans to replace the existing Callowhill Road Bridge over the North Branch of Neshaminy Creek in New Britain Township, Bucks County. The project consists of replacing the bridge with a one span bridge and reconstructing the roadway approaches. The project will require the acquisition of land from within the boundaries of the National Register of Historic Places eligible Willowstone Farm and the Bucks County owned Peace Valley Park.
The effect of this project on the Willowstone Farm will be mitigated as follows: 1) PennDOT will compensate the property owners for trees that will be removed for the project, 2) new surface and finishing materials that blend in with the rural historic setting of the Willowstone Farm will be used on the replacement bridge, and 3) the vertical alignment and roadway width will be designed to minimize the amount of land that will be needed from the Willowstone Farm. These mitigation measures are included in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the proposed action which has been signed by all appropriate agencies. Mitigation commitments for the Peace Valley Park will be coordinated with the Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation.
I have considered the environmental, economic, social, and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in section 2002 of the Administrative Code, and have concluded that there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the project as designed, and all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize such effect.
BRADLEY L. MALLORY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-1057. Filed for public inspection June 15, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]
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