[33 Pa.B. 2947]
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 plans to replace the existing Fetterman's Bridge carrying SR 4009 over the East Branch of Sugar Creek in State Game Lands (SGL) No. 96, Venango County. The bridge replacement will use land in SGL No. 96. The effect of this project on SGL No. 96 will be mitigated by the following measures to minimize harm to the resources.
1. The proposed embankment slopes have been steepened from a rate of 2:1 to a rate of 1.5:1 to lessen the amount of land required from SGL No. 96.
2. Where possible, the wingwalls of the bridge abutments will be constructed parallel to the roadway to lessen the amount of land required from SGL No. 96.
3. Disturbed areas will be graded and revegetated with noninvasive plant species after replacement of the existing bridge.
4. Crushed gravel will be placed in the parking area at the southwest corner of the reconstructed bridge to aid in solving a current problem with erosion into the creek during wet weather.
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.
No adverse environmental effect is likely to result from the replacement of this bridge.
ALLEN D. BIEHLER, P. E.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 03-1216. Filed for public inspection June 20, 2003, 9:00 a.m.]
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