DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[31 Pa.B. 5621]
Pursuant to the provisions of 71 P. S. Section 2002(b), the Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:
The Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transportation plan to replace the Parryville Bridge which carries S.R. 2008 over Pohopco Creek in Parryville Borough, Carbon County.
The project will require use and acquisition of 0.024 hectares (0.06 acres) of land from the National Register-eligible Parryville Historic District and 0.23 hectares (0.57 acres) from Parryville Borough Park. The project will also require the demolition of the Parryville Bridge, which is a contributing element of the National Register-eligible Parryville Historic District.
The environmental, economic, social, and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in Section 2002 of the Administrative Code have been considered. It has been concluded that there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the project as designed and all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize such effects. A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) has been prepared and signed by all appropriate agencies for the proposed action. Recommended mitigation includes recordation of the bridge, stone masonry treatment of the replacement structure, appropriate painting, and the placement of a plaque commemorating the history and significance of the Parryville Historic District.
Minimization and mitigation measures for the Parryville Borough Park will consist of relocation of the affected playground equipment to the west in an existing open area of the park, construction of a retaining wall along the western edge of the road in the park vicinity to minimize property acquisition from within the park, replacement of the existing fence, and planting of screening shrubbery. Additionally, the Borough will be compensated at fair market value for the property acquisition.
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. 01-1817. Filed for public inspection October 5, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]
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