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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-1524



Clarion County

[31 Pa.B. 4607]

   Pursuant to the provisions of 71 P. S. Section 2002(b), The Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:

   The Federal Highway Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Clarion County are planning the construction of a new bridge to carry Bigley Road (T-576/T-573) over Toby Creek in Paint and Highland Townships, Clarion County. The previous bridge was destroyed during the July 1996 flood.

   The project is located in State Game Lands No. 72 and will require the acquisition of right-of-way from State Game Lands No. 72, which is a Section 2002/Section 4(f) resource. It has been determined that there is no prudent and feasible alternative to the use of the resource and that necessary planning has been incorporated into the project to minimize harm to the resource.

   Mitigation measures will be taken to minimize harm as stipulated in the Categorical Exclusion Evaluation (CEE)/ Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation. Mitigation measures include the following:

   --  Implementation of an approved Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan.

   --  Fill slopes of 1:1.5 (1.5:1) for the roadway embankments on the east and west approaches.

   --  Reduced total length of roadway approach improvements.

   --  Payment of fair market value of land acquired through implementation of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Policies Act of 1970.

   --  Transfer abandoned right-of-way no longer needed for the proposed bridge and approaches back to the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC).

   --  Regrade and reseed all disturbed and abandoned bridge areas, including temporary construction easements, under the guidance of the PGC.

   --  Stockpile any tree eight (8) inches or greater in diameter in an area(s) designated by the PGC for timber sale.

   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.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-1524. Filed for public inspection August 17, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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