Rescinding the Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 39457 [2014-16136]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 132 / Thursday, July 10, 2014 / Notices Register. The original Notice of Intent published on February 27, 1987 described a two-phase approach to identify and evaluate alternatives that would provide a variable means of relieving traffic congestion on Traffic Route (T.R.) 23 and US 30 in Eastern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. A revised Notice of Intent published on June 16, 1988 announced the separate Environmental Impact Statements to evaluate alternatives for the two projects would be prepared. Improvements for this corridor were considered necessary to provide for the existing and project traffic demand. A needs study was undertaken and a range of transportation alternatives, including but not limited to No-Build, Transportation Systems Management (TSM), widening the existing three-lane highways to five lanes, bypasses around communities, and constructing a fourlane limited access highway on new location were considered. These alternatives were developed consistently with land use strategies to address the identified transportation needs. The developments of alternatives were based on traffic demands, engineering requirements, environmental and socioeconomic constraints, the county’s growth management plan, and public input. Public involvement and inter-agency coordination were maintained throughout the development of the EIS. Due to funding constraints the Notice of Intent is rescinded. Issued on: June 30, 2014. Renee Sigel, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–16135 Filed 7–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Rescinding the Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS): Lancaster County, Pennsylvania Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. ACTION: Rescind Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice rescinds the Notice of Intent for preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed highway in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The project study area includes PA 23 Sub corridor in Earl Township, East Earl Township, East Lamepeter Township, Manheim Township, Upper Leacock Township, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:38 Jul 09, 2014 Jkt 232001 and New Holland Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original Notice of Intent for this EIS process was published in the Federal Register on September 22, 1999. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Walston, Transportation Planning Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Pennsylvania Division, 228 Walnut Street, Room 508, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101–1720, Telephone: (717) 221–2290 (email: Christopher.Walston@dot.gov), or Mark Malhenzie, Senior Project Manager, District 8 Highway Design Unit, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 2140 Herr Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101–1720, Telephone: 717–783–5080 (email: mmalhenzie@pa.gov.) SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Lancaster County Planning Commission initiated an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with a Notice of Intent, September 22, 1999, to identify and evaluate alternatives to address transportation problems within the PA 23 Sub corridor. The proposed project would involve improvements to transportation conditions in the PA 23 Sub corridor from the PA 23/U.S. Route 30 interchange on the west to U.S. route 322 on the east. Notices of Intent concerning this proposal were previously published in the Federal Register on February 27, 1987, to advise the public that an EIS would be prepared to identify and evaluate alternatives to provide a viable means of relieving traffic congestion on PA 23 and U.S. Route 30 in Lancaster County. Public concerns redirected the scope of the project and a revised Notice of Intent was published on June 16, 1988. The intent of the second Notice was to advise the public that separate EIS’s would be prepared to identify and evaluate alternatives to relieve traffic congestion on PA 23 and U.S. Route 30 independently. In 1997, the Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee (Lancaster County MPO) was the lead agency for the PA 23 Corridor Major Investment Study (MIS), consistent with the requirements of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. The PA 23 Corridor Study MIS gathered various types of data which resulted in the identification of transportation needs and led to the development of alternatives. Typical areas of concern identified by various members of the public and resource PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39457 agencies during the MIS studies included, but were not limited to, the following: socioeconomic and land use impacts; the unique social sub-groups; effects on cultural, and natural resources; agricultural preservation; roadway safety; business-industry; tourism; and economic stability. The PA 23 Corridor Study MIS demonstrated present and future transportation problems in the PA 23 Sub corridor from U.S. Route 30 to the U.S. route 322 intersection east of New Holland, a distance of approximately 21.5 km (13.4 miles). Transportation needs in the PA 23 Sub corridor included congestion, decreasing levels of service, traffic diversion from PA 23 to local roads, and a mix of motorized and non-motorized means of travel. Improvements to the corridor were considered necessary to provide for the existing and projected transportation demands. A range of transportation alternatives, including No-Build, Transportation Systems Management (TSM), Traffic Control Measures (TCM), and Travel Demand Management (TDM), Transit Widening and Relocation alternatives were developed consistently with land use strategies to address the identified transportation needs. The developments of alternatives were based on traffic demands, engineering requirements, environmental and socioeconomic constraints, the country’s growth management plan, and public input. Public involvement and inter-agency coordination were maintained throughout the development of the EIS. Due to funding constraints the Notice of Intent is rescinded. Issued on: June 30, 2014. Renee Sigel, Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2014–16136 Filed 7–9–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Sunshine Act Meetings; Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of Unified Carrier Registration Plan Board of Directors Meeting. AGENCY: The meeting will be held on July 31, 2014, from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. TIME AND DATE: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Rescinding the Notice of Intent for an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS): Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Rescind Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS.

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SUMMARY: This notice rescinds the Notice of Intent for preparing an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a proposed highway in 
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The project study area includes PA 23 
Sub corridor in Earl Township, East Earl Township, East Lamepeter 
Township, Manheim Township, Upper Leacock Township, and New Holland 
Borough, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The original Notice of Intent 
for this EIS process was published in the Federal Register on September 
22, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dan Walston, Transportation Planning 
Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, Pennsylvania Division, 228 
Walnut Street, Room 508, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-1720, 
Telephone: (717) 221-2290 (email: Christopher.Walston@dot.gov), or Mark 
Malhenzie, Senior Project Manager, District 8 Highway Design Unit, 
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, 2140 Herr Street, 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17101-1720, Telephone: 717-783-5080 (email: 
mmalhenzie@pa.gov.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in 
cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 
(PennDOT) and the Lancaster County Planning Commission initiated an 
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with a Notice of Intent, September 
22, 1999, to identify and evaluate alternatives to address 
transportation problems within the PA 23 Sub corridor. The proposed 
project would involve improvements to transportation conditions in the 
PA 23 Sub corridor from the PA 23/U.S. Route 30 interchange on the west 
to U.S. route 322 on the east. Notices of Intent concerning this 
proposal were previously published in the Federal Register on February 
27, 1987, to advise the public that an EIS would be prepared to 
identify and evaluate alternatives to provide a viable means of 
relieving traffic congestion on PA 23 and U.S. Route 30 in Lancaster 
County. Public concerns redirected the scope of the project and a 
revised Notice of Intent was published on June 16, 1988. The intent of 
the second Notice was to advise the public that separate EIS's would be 
prepared to identify and evaluate alternatives to relieve traffic 
congestion on PA 23 and U.S. Route 30 independently.
    In 1997, the Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee 
(Lancaster County MPO) was the lead agency for the PA 23 Corridor Major 
Investment Study (MIS), consistent with the requirements of the 
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. The PA 23 
Corridor Study MIS gathered various types of data which resulted in the 
identification of transportation needs and led to the development of 
alternatives. Typical areas of concern identified by various members of 
the public and resource agencies during the MIS studies included, but 
were not limited to, the following: socioeconomic and land use impacts; 
the unique social sub-groups; effects on cultural, and natural 
resources; agricultural preservation; roadway safety; business-
industry; tourism; and economic stability.
    The PA 23 Corridor Study MIS demonstrated present and future 
transportation problems in the PA 23 Sub corridor from U.S. Route 30 to 
the U.S. route 322 intersection east of New Holland, a distance of 
approximately 21.5 km (13.4 miles). Transportation needs in the PA 23 
Sub corridor included congestion, decreasing levels of service, traffic 
diversion from PA 23 to local roads, and a mix of motorized and non-
motorized means of travel. Improvements to the corridor were considered 
necessary to provide for the existing and projected transportation 
demands.
    A range of transportation alternatives, including No-Build, 
Transportation Systems Management (TSM), Traffic Control Measures 
(TCM), and Travel Demand Management (TDM), Transit Widening and 
Relocation alternatives were developed consistently with land use 
strategies to address the identified transportation needs. The 
developments of alternatives were based on traffic demands, engineering 
requirements, environmental and socioeconomic constraints, the 
country's growth management plan, and public input. Public involvement 
and inter-agency coordination were maintained throughout the 
development of the EIS.
    Due to funding constraints the Notice of Intent is rescinded.

    Issued on: June 30, 2014.
Renee Sigel,
Division Administrator, Federal Highway Administration.
[FR Doc. 2014-16136 Filed 7-9-14; 8:45 am]
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