DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[31 Pa.B. 4134]
Pursuant to the provisions of 71 P. S. Section 2002(b), the Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:
The Department of Transportation plans to replace the existing bridge carrying Township Road 314 over the Clarion River, in Spring Creek Township, Elk County. The existing structure is a three span metal truss, which is called the Arroyo Bridge. The Arroyo Bridge has been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Additionally, the replacement of Arroyo Bridge will impact approximately 0.136 hectares (0.34 acres) of the State Game Lands #44.
Information describing the project, together with the associated environmental analysis, is contained in the Categorical Exclusion Evaluation/Section 4(f) Evaluation that was prepared for this project.
The Categorical Exclusion Evaluation/Section 4(f) Evaluation satisfies all State environmental evaluation requirements as published in Section 2002 of Pennsylvania Act 120.
Based upon studies, there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the replacement of the National Register eligible Arroyo Bridge and the usage of the State Game Lands #44. The effect of this project on the existing Arroyo Bridge and State Game Lands #44 will be mitigated by measures to minimize harm, which include:
* The Advisory Council for Historic Preservation and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission were coordinated with during the design process to ensure the project meets the guidelines for historic preservation. Mitigation for this adverse affect will include a state level historic recordation, a marketing plan, a memorandum of agreement and incorporating the existing bridge plaques into construction of the new bridge or curating them at the Elk County Historical Society Museum.
* Due to existing alignment of Township Route T-314 and the established boundaries of State Game Lands #44 avoidance of this resource would not be possible. Minimization measures for this resource would include giving the existing right-of-way not required for new construction to the Game Commission, and paying fair market value for the property used from this resource.
I have considered the environment, 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. 01-1389. Filed for public inspection July 27, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]
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