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Skinners Falls Bridge Project

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Project Overview

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0, together with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9, is preparing a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study for the Skinners Falls Bridge.

The Skinners Falls Bridge crosses the Delaware River, connecting the communities of Milanville, PA and Skinners Falls, NY. In recent years, the bridge has undergone a series of traffic closures due to observed structural issues followed by emergency repairs and re-openings.  A customer complaint and subsequent District Bridge Unit inspection on October 16, 2019 identified timber deck and lateral truss bracing deterioration requiring the bridge be closed. PennDOT is conducting a PEL Study to identify the purpose and need for the project. The project purpose and need will drive the process for alternatives consideration, inform the environmental analysis, and ultimately the alternative selection.

PennDOT is using the PEL process as a collaborative and integrated planning approach to develop the transportation purpose and need. PennDOT and NYSDOT conducted a project survey to gain input from the community to better understand transportation needs for this location. Data and the comments from the project survey are being analyzed and will be considered in development of the purpose and need. Other data being considered include feedback from the Project Advisory Committee and the public meeting, discussions with emergency management professionals, and past bridge usage data.

This PEL Study is the first step in the project development process. Once the project purpose and need is developed through the PEL, the project team will begin to examine alternatives and determine how well the various alternatives can meet the transportation purpose and need. There will be additional opportunities for the public to provide input through this process.

Public Meeting and Survey

An online public meeting was held on March 30, 2021 which 143 people attended and shared questions and comments. Please take a moment to review that presentation or click on the YouTube link below to watch the video of the meeting.

In conjunction with the presentation, a project survey was conducted between March 31, 2021 through June 1, 2021 to capture public feedback on transportation needs and data on how the public used the bridge prior to closure. The survey results were posted on this website on June 21, 2021. View Project Survey Results here

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created to answer some of the questions raised. Please take a moment to review it for more information about the PEL Study and the Skinners Falls Bridge. The FAQs will be updated throughout the project to address new questions and project information.

If you have any questions comments, or would like to be added to the project mailing list to receive future updates on the Skinners Falls Bridge PEL, please contact the project hotline at (610) 234-5148 or Skinnersfallsbridge@aecom.com.

Section 106 and Consulting Parties:

Anyone with an expressed interest in or a concern with effects to historic properties in Milanville or the Skinners Falls bridge can request to become a Section 106 consulting party via PennDOT's cultural resources public consultation web site PATH for the Skinners Falls Bridge project via this link: https://path.penndot.gov/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=4487. The PATH website also has information pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of a consulting party.

PEL Public Notice:

This PEL Study is being undertaken in accordance with 23 United States Code (USC) Section 168 as well as with 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 450.212. Under these authorities, analyses conducted during planning may be adopted and incorporated directly or by reference into subsequent environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), provided that the studies are adequately documented; interested Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies are involved; a reasonable opportunity for public review and comment on the PEL Study is provided; and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is engaged.

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Title VI

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