DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[28 Pa.B. 4836]
Pursuant to the provisions of 71 P. S. Section 2002(b), the Secretary of Transportation makes the following written finding:
The Department of Transportation plans to construct 14.2 Kilometers (8.9 miles) of four lane limited access highway on new alignment from US 202 south of PA 63 (in Upper and Lower Gwynedd Townships between Upper State Road and Stump Road) to connect with the existing PA 611 bypass and US 202 bypass (in Doylestown Town-ship); along with improving the capacity and operational efficiency of seven related off-line intersections. Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in this alternative entail an independent 4.3m (14 foot) wide multi-use bike/pedestrian trail beyond and generally parallel to the north bound lanes. This project will require the acquisition of right-of-way from the Heckler Farmstead, Henry Farmstead, and the McHenry Farmstead, which have all been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The effect of this project on the Heckler Farmstead, Henry Farmstead, and McHenry Farmstead will be mitigated by the mitigation measures outlined in the Record of Decision and the Final Environmental Impact Statement/ Section 4(f) Evaluation Report that were prepared for this project.
I have considered the environmental, economic, social and other effects of the proposed project as enumerated in Section 2002 of the Administrative Code, and have 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.
No adverse environmental effect is likely to result from the construction of this section of highway.
BRADLEY L. MALLORY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-1567. Filed for public inspection September 25, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]
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