Environmental Assessment

and public hearing

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 8-0 and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) conducted a Joint Public Hearing on October 1, 2019 for I-83 North York Widening Project in York County.  The hearing was conducted as part of the 45-day comment period on the Environmental Assessment (EA). The public review and comment period began on August 28, 2019 and ended October 11, 2019.  The comments received during the comment period have been reviewed and addressed.  These responses will be included in the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) document that will be issued by FHWA in the coming months.  The FONSI Package, including the Public Hearing material and response to comments, will be posted to the website once issued.

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Project Description

The proposed I-83 North York Widening Project involves the reconstruction and widening of approximately five miles of the I-83 corridor from Exit 19 to Exit 22 in York County, Pennsylvania. Improvements include widening of I-83 from two to three travel lanes in each direction, construction of additional auxiliary lanes and other improvements at the interchanges, and replacement of mainline bridges throughout the corridor.

 

Environmental Assessment

The EA analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed highway widening and interchange improvements pursuant to the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. The EA analyzes two alternatives, the Build Alternative and the No Build Alternative and presents the impacts to various natural, cultural and community resources located within the project area and the proposed mitigation to offset those impacts.  The Build Alternative meets the project needs while minimizing environmental impacts and addressing public and agency feedback.