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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-1156



[27 Pa.B. 3584]

Montgomery County

   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 Montgomery County Bridge 221 which carries Metz Road over Towamencin Creek in Towamencin Township, Montgomery County. The existing Montgomery County Bridge 221 is a single span Pratt pony truss bridge which was constructed in 1896. The bridge has been determined eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge has been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic since 1992. The proposed new structure will be a single span structure constructed on the same alignment as the existing bridge. The project will require the acquisition of 340 square meters (0.084 acres) of right-of-way from the Montgomery County Bridge 221.

   The effect of this project on the Montgomery County Bridge 221 will be mitigated by the following measures to minimize harm to the resource.

   1.  A Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation package will be prepared as a permanent record of Montgmoery County Bridge 221.

   The existing Montgomery County Bridge 221 will be given to Towamencin Township for an adoptive re-use in the Towamencin Township Park. The existing bridge will be dismantled and relocated to the park to process access to the sections of the park located on both sides of Towamencin Creek.

   I have considered the environmental, economic, social and other effects o 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 replacement of this bridge.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-1156. Filed for public inspection July 18, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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