DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[32 Pa.B. 2953]
Under section 2002(b) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 512(b)), the Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:
The Department of Transportation (Department) plans to reconstruct the bridge on SR 4012, Shadigee Creek Road, that lies completely within the Starrucca Historic District located in Starrucca Borough, Wayne County, PA. The project site is approximately 100 feet west of SR 4039 (Shadigee Creek Road), and approximately 300 feet east of the intersection of Pond Road and SR 4039 (Jackson Street).
The scope of the project involves eliminating nonreversible bridge weight limit restrictions, improving roadway geometry on the approaches and across the bridge and preserving the community integrity of Starrucca Borough which is bifurcated by Shadigee Creek by providing a new bridge.
The proposed bridge replacement project will impact one section 2002 resource, the Starrucca Historic District which was determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Based upon these studies, there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the minor right-of-way take of 310 square feet from the Starrucca Historic District. The United States Army Corps of Engineers, in consultation with the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office (Office), has concurred in a Memorandum of Agreement dated January 2002, that the project will have an adverse effect on the National Register eligible Starrucca Historic District. The Department is an additional signatory to the Memorandum of Agreement.
The project is being designed to be aesthetically compatible with the adjacent Starrucca Historic District, and the project will not substantially impair protected attributes or contributing elements of this surrounding cultural resource. A plaque commemorating the history and significance of the Starrucca Historic District will be placed near the replacement bridge following its construction. The plaque will be developed in consultation with the Office.
The replacement bridge will retain the existing superstructure profile. The design of the replacement bridge will be developed in consultation with the Office, and will include the use of cast-stone form liners on bridge concrete wings and abutments. The sidewalks removed by this Project and newly constructed bridge sidewalks will be constructed of flagstone with granite curbs, and decorative handrails will be installed on the new bridge.
Stream environment will be protected by a Wayne County-approved erosion and sedimentation plan. The mitigation measures that are outlined in the aforementioned Memorandum of Agreement will be implemented as required during final design and construction.
The Secretary has considered the environmental, economic, social and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in section 2002 of The Administrative Code of 1929, and has concluded that there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the project as designed, and all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize effects. No adverse environmental effect is likely to result from the construction of this project.
BRADLEY L. MALLORY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 02-1067. Filed for public inspection June 14, 2002, 9:00 a.m.]
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