[36 Pa.B. 629]
Under section 2002(b) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 512(b)), the Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration, Department of Transportation (Department) makes the following written finding:
The Department plans to replace the existing Milburn Road Bridge, carrying SR 2004 over Neshannock Creek in Springfield Township, Mercer County. The existing Milburn Road Bridge has been determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The effect of this project on the Milburn Road Bridge will be mitigated by the following measures to minimize harm to the resources.
1. Prior to the replacement of the Milburn Road Bridge, the structure will be recorded following State level recordation guidelines. The Department shall ensure that all documentation is completed and accepted by the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) prior to implementation of the undertaking and that copies of the recordation are available to the SHPO and appropriate local archives designated by the SHPO.
2. Prior to replacement of the Milburn Road Bridge, the bridge plaques shall be salvaged and offered to the Mercer County Historical Society (Society).
3. An educational program will be developed in association with the Society. The program will highlight the history and significance of the Milburn Road Bridge and educate the public about historic truss bridges in Mercer County. The educational program will include two components: a website on Mercer County truss bridges and a presentation at the Society.
4. The Milburn Road Bridge will be marketed for reuse utilizing the Department's Cultural Resources Management webpage.
The Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration 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.
GARY L. HOFFMAN, P. E.,
Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 06-196. Filed for public inspection February 3, 2006, 9:00 a.m.]
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