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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 03-2168




Bradford County

[33 Pa.B. 5578]

   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 replace the existing truss bridge carrying State Route 1022 over the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, Bradford County. As part of the project, the Department has proposed replacing the Ulster Bridge, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

   Information describing the project together with the associated environmental analysis is contained in the Environmental Documentation Evaluation/Section 2002 Evaluation that was prepared for this project.

   The Categorical Exclusion Evaluation/Programmatic Section 2002 Evaluation satisfies all State environmental evaluation requirements as published in section 2002 of Pennsylvania Act 120.

   Based upon studies, there is no prudent and feasible alternative to the use of this National Register eligible resource. The effect of this project on the Ulster Bridge will be mitigated by measures outlined in the memorandum of agreement, which include:

   1.  The Department shall prepare a revised Phase I and Phase II archaeological report. The report shall be submitted to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) for comment.

   2.  Within 3 months of acceptance of the final archaeological report by the FHWA and the SHPO, the Department shall submit all field notes, maps and records to the State Museum for permanent curation. Artifacts from Site 36Br39 will be returned to the property owner per their request. Prior to returning the artifacts, the Department shall follow the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission's April 2002 curation guidelines and provide additional documentation on these artifacts.

   3.  The Department shall ensure that protective fencing is installed along the edge of the Area of Potential Effect.

   4.  The Department, in consultation with the SHPO, shall ensure that an interpretive wayside marker is fabricated and erected adjacent to the bridge that details the history of the bridge.

   5.  The Department will investigate the reuse and interpretation of the existing bridge plaques. If duplicate plaques exist, one will be offered to the Bradford County Historical Society.

   6.  The Department will prepare select large format 8" × 10" black and white reproductions of the existing photographs contained in previously completed PHRS documentation. Archival quality copies of all photographs will be provided to the SHPO and the Bradford County Historical Society.

   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 the effect.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-2168. Filed for public inspection November 7, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]

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