DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
[50 Pa.B. 2477]
[Saturday, May 9, 2020]
Under section 2002(b) of The Administrative Code of 1929 (71 P.S. § 512(b)) establishing the Department of Transportation (Department), the Director of the Bureau of Project Delivery, as delegated by the Secretary of Transportation, makes the following written finding:
Alternative 7 is the preferred alternative for the I-83 North York widening, SR 0083, Section 070, York County project. The preferred alternative includes approximately 5 miles of interstate reconstruction and widening from four lanes to six lanes in central York County, extending around the City of York. The corridor passes through four municipalities: Spring Garden Township; Springettsbury Township; North York Borough; and Manchester Township. The project includes the reconstruction, addition of auxiliary lanes and other improvements to three interchanges: Exit 19 (Market Street), Exit 21 (United States Route 30) and Exit 22 (North George Street); existing and proposed mainline bridge replacements; and the relocation of Mill Creek near Ebert's Lane and Sherman Street.
The Environmental Assessment (EA) and EA Comment Responses have been evaluated by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and were determined to discuss adequately and accurately the need, environmental issues, and impacts of the proposed project and mitigation measures that will be taken to minimize harm as stipulated in the EA. Based on the EA, the FHWA has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact for the project. Furthermore, the Bureau of Project Delivery has concluded that all State environmental evaluation requirements, as published in section 2002 of The Administrative Code of 1929, have been satisfied.
The proposed project is anticipated to impact approximately 0.5 acre of the Advent Lutheran Church property, a contributing resource to the National Register eligible East York Historic District; approximately 0.0069 acre (total) of the four contributing resources of the National Register eligible Elmwood Historic District; approximately 0.0091 acre of the National Register eligible Elmwood Mansion property; approximately 0.1 acre from the National Register eligible Sycamore Hill property; approximately 0.3 acre from the National Register eligible Rutter Farm; up to 0.5 acre will be required for an aerial easement from the National Register eligible New York Wire and Cloth Company property and approximately 0.3 acre of permanent right-of-way will be required from the 4.7 acre Fayfield Park. All 4(f)/Section 2002 uses are de minimus. On the basis of the documentation, it can be concluded that the harm to the resources have been minimized, all feasible and prudent alternatives have been explored to avoid impact upon the resources, and that the intent of section 2002(a)(15), paragraph 15 of the Administrative Code of 1929 has been fulfilled as it relates to this project.
In the absence of a feasible and prudent alternative, which eliminates any impact to the resources, it is recommended that the Department proceed with further development of this project.
Mitigation measures will be taken to minimize harm as stipulated in the EA. No significant adverse environmental effect is likely to result from the proposed action.
BRIAN G. THOMPSON, PE,
Bureau of Project Delivery
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 20-645. Filed for public inspection May 8, 2020, 9:00 a.m.]
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