PENNDOT SENDS MORE THAN 2,000 LETTERS TO PROPERTY OWNERS FOR PA ROUTE
HARRISBURG (October 19) - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
(PENNDOT) announced today that letters have been sent to more than 2,000
property owners in northeastern Lancaster County. The correspondence
is an "Intent to Enter" letter requesting their cooperation
and advising them of the possible need for authorized personnel to access
their land for technical fieldwork associated with the start of the
Environmental Impact Study for PA Route 23. This study covers the PA
Route 23 corridor between Route 30 in East Lampeter Township and Route
322 in East Earl Township.
"The letter basically advises the property owner that during the
course of conducting field work associated with the PA Route 23 Environmental
Impact Study, we may need to come onto their property. We're asking
for their understanding and their cooperation in advance," explained
PENNDOT Project Manager Mark Malhenzie. "Intent to Enter"
letters are routinely used for environmental and preliminary engineering
studies as well as other PENNDOT projects.
The mailing was initiated on Friday, October 12th. PENNDOT noted that
a few recipients of the "Intent to Enter" letter have called
requesting further explanation. "Some people are concerned that
this may mean a portion of their land may be taken for a project,"
noted Malhenzie, "This letter has nothing to do with acquiring
property for a project. The field work for our PA Route 23 study, which
includes activities such as surveys and environmental evaluations, will
be getting underway and in many instances will require access to privately
owned properties located within the study area."
PENNDOT's project team members performing fieldwork will display the
appropriate identification to confirm they are part of the PENNDOT project
team for the PA Route 23 study.
Property owners are encouraged to contact Douglas H. Warfel, P.E., the PA
Route 23 Project Manager from KCI Technologies, Inc. at (717) 691-1340
with any questions they may have regarding PENNDOT's "Intent to
Enter" letter for the PA Route 23 study. KCI Technologies has been
hired by PENNDOT to conduct the study.
The PA Route 23 Environmental Impact Study involves the evaluation
of possible transportation improvements in the PA Route 23 highway corridor
that covers approximately 14 miles, spanning from the vicinity of the
PA Route 23 interchange with Route 30 to just east of Route 322. The
width of the corridor extends about 1.6 miles to the north and south
of PA Route 23. The study area for this PA Route 23 corridor in Lancaster
County includes Earl Township, East Earl Township, East Lampeter Township,
Manheim Township, Upper Leacock Township, West Earl Township and New
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