Washington and Westmoreland Counties
[40 Pa.B. 1710]
[Saturday, March 27, 2010]
Under section 2002(b) of The Administrative Code of 1920 (71 P. S. § 512(b)), the Director of the Bureau of Design makes the following written finding:
The Department of Transportation (Department) is planning to replace the major spans of the Charleroi-Monessen Bridge which carries SR 2018 over the Monongahela River connecting North Charleroi Borough in Washington County and Monessen City in Westmoreland County. This project will require the use of the Truss Spans of the bridge which are eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and, therefore, qualifies as a section 2002 resource.
In accordance with section 2002 of Pennsylvania Act 120 establishing the Department, a Level-2 Environmental Document (ED) has been developed for the subject project along with a ''Nationwide/Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation for Projects that Necessitate the Use of Historic Bridges'' document to evaluate the potential environmental impacts caused by the subject project. The document serves as the section 2002 Evaluation. The approved documents are available in the CE/EA Expert System.
Based upon studies, there is no feasible and prudent alternative to the proposed action. Mitigation measures will be taken as stipulated in the Level-2 ED and the ''Nationwide/Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation for Projects that Necessitate the Use of Historic Bridges.''
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 feasible and prudent alternative to the project as designed, and all reasonable steps have been taken to minimize such effects.
BRIAN G. THOMPSON, P. E.,
Bureau of Design
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-566. Filed for public inspection March 26, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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