[28 Pa.B. 5184]
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 replace the existing Fort Washington Bridge which carries Bethlehem Pike (S. R. 2018) over the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) railroad tracks in Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County. The bridge will be replaced on the existing alignment with a single span concrete box beam bridge. Roadway approaches will be improved approximately 207 meters (680 ft.) on the south side and 152 meters (500 ft.) on the north side of the bridge. The approach work is primarily to improve the vertical geometry of the roadway.
This bridge project will match the adjacent S. R. 3014, Section 001 project at each end of the project study area. Based on preliminary design, it appears that the impacts from the project will be contained within either the existing legal right-of-way or the adjacent required right-of-way to be acquired for the S. R. 3014, Section 001 project.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) has determined that this project will have an ''Adverse Effect'' on the Fort Washington Historic District, a property eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. This resource is protected by Section 2002 of Pennsylvania Act 120. The bridge to be replaced is a contributing resource within the eligible historic district.
The effect of this project on the Fort Washington Historic District will be mitigated as stipulated in the Categorical Exclusion/Section 2002 Evaluation.
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 prudent and feasible 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 replacement of this bridge.
BRADLEY L. MALLORY,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-1675. Filed for public inspection October 9, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]
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