ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STUDY
BEGINS FOR PA ROUTE 23
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA (August 17, 2001) - The Pennsylvania Department
of Transportation (PENNDOT) and the County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania,
today announced the beginning of Step 5 of the Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) for the PA Route 23 Corridor from the PA Route 23/US
30 interchange to US 322. Step 5 of PENNDOT's 10-Step Transportation
Development Process involves detailed engineering and environmental
analysis to evaluate potential improvements to the PA Route 23 Corridor.
Opportunities for public participation and input are provided throughout
the 10-Step Process.
"We're looking forward to continuing work on this project with
Lancaster County," said Larry King, PENNDOT's Deputy Secretary
for Planning. "This EIS will further identify and evaluate alternatives
which address the significant transportation problems within the PA
Route 23 Corridor. In addition, this is a unique opportunity for PENNDOT
to work with a county in developing a coordinated land use plan."
The project involves possible improvements to approximately 14 miles
of corridor spanning from the PA Route 23/U.S. Route 30 interchange
to just east of US 322 and extends about 1.6 miles on each side of PA
Route 23. The corridor includes Earl Township, East Earl Township, East
Lampeter Township, Manheim Township, Upper Leacock Township, and New
Holland Borough in Lancaster, County. An earlier Major Investment Study
(MIS) gathered data, which resulted in the identification of transportation
needs and preliminary solutions. An entire spectrum of alternatives
was initially investigated, ranging from No-Build to new relocation.
As a result of that study, the following solutions have demonstrated
the ability to meet the project needs and will be studied in Step 5.
Those solutions include: No-Build, Transportation System Management
(TSM) and Transit Alternatives, Three lane corridor widening which includes
TSM and transit components, and three relocation alternatives which
also include TSM and transit components. All three of the relocation
alternatives utilize the existing "Goat Path", a graded but
unpaved roadway built in 1974, which extends from US 30 to PA 772.
The first relocation alternative, the Bareville Connector, would begin
at US 30 and connect the Goat Path to a new roadway extending to PA
Route 23 in the vicinity of Bareville. This alternative also includes
widening PA Route 23 to three lanes from Bareville to US 322. The second
relocation alternative is referred to as the Southern Alignment. This
alignment begins at US 30 and utilizes the Goat Path and connects to
a new roadway south of New Holland Borough. This new roadway would then
extend to US 322 in Blue Ball. The third relocation alternative, the
Railroad Alignment, has been developed in concept only. This conceptual
alignment connects a new roadway to the Goat Path using the same alignment
as the Bareville Connector and then runs parallel to the Norfolk Southern
railroad tracks through New Holland.
The further development of alternatives will be based on traffic demands,
engineering requirements, environmental and socioeconomic constraints,
the county's growth management plan, and public input. Socioeconomic
and land use impacts; the unique social subgroups; effects on cultural
and natural resources; agricultural preservation; roadway safety; business-industry;
tourism; and economic stability are all issues to be addressed by the
"The EIS will help us determine transportation solutions for the
present and the future," stated Paul Thibault, Chairman, Lancaster
County Commissioners. "It is imperative that those who live and
work in the project area help us develop this study. Their participation
will result in the best possible solution(s) to our transportation deficiencies
in the project area." Public involvement and interagency coordination
will occur throughout the EIS development. KCI Technologies, Inc. of
Mechanicsburg, PA will lead a team of consultants selected to assist
PENNDOT and Lancaster County in completing the EIS.
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