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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1038




Fayette County

[39 Pa.B. 2901]
[Saturday, June 6, 2009]

   Under section 2002(b) of The Administration Code of 1929 (71 P. S. § 575(b)), the Director of the Bureau of Design makes the following written finding:

   The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Department of Transportation are planning to widen SR 0021 to install a westbound left-turn lane and to widen the Easy Street approach to provide separate left and right-turn lanes on Easy Street. In addition, a traffic signal is proposed at the intersection. The project is located in Fayette County.

   The project will require shifting the alignment of the driveway to the Hillcrest/O.M. Boughner House property, which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, and therefore, qualifies as a section 4(f)/section 2002 resource. The existing driveway access to SR 0021 is partially on the adjacent property with stone walls along the driveway that extend into the SR 0021 right-of-way. The driveway alignment shift will move the driveway entirely onto the historic property. The stone walls will be relocated along the new driveway alignment and outside the SR 0021 right-of-way.

   The Historical and Museum Commission concurred that the project will have no adverse effect on the Hillcrest/O.M. Boughner House property. The FHWA has determined that this project will have a Deminimis Use of the Hillcrest/O.M. Boughner House property.

   Therefore, a ''Determination of Section 4(f) Deminimis Use/Section 2002 No Adverse Use, Historic Properties'' Programmatic section 4(f)/section 2002 Evaluation has been prepared and approved to evaluate the potential environmental impacts caused by the project.

   Based upon studies, there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the proposed action. Mitigation measures will be taken to minimize harm as stipulated in the Categorical Exclusion Evaluation and the Programmatic section 4(f)/section 2002 Evaluation. The mitigation measures include replacement of the existing stone walls in-kind.

   The environmental, economic, social and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in section 2002 of The Administrative Code of 1929 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.

Bureau of Design

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1038. Filed for public inspection June 5, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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