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Huntington bridge rehabilitation public hearing

STAFF REPORT

Huntington County residents will have an opportunity to share their input on a bridge rehabilitation proposal on US 105 over Salamonie Lake/Reservoir.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the Andrews Elementary School, 509 E. Jefferson Street, Andrews, Ind.

The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for a proposed US 105 bridge rehabilitation over the Salamonie Lake/Reservoir, 2.1 miles north of US 124, located in Huntington County. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. to give the public a chance to view displays and talk to representatives prior to the start of the hearing.

The Indiana Bridge No. 105-35-05447A, and identified under the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) No. 025280, carries US 105 over the Salamonie Reservoir and is adjacent to and partially located within, the Lost Bridge State Recreation Area.

The bridge is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places (NRNP) under Criteria A for its association with a significant local program which was the development of Salamonie Reservoir, and Criteria C for its engineering significance represented by the main span length for its type.

The structure is classified as a “Select” bridge by the INDOT Historic Bridge Inventory which means it is suitable for preservation and is an excellent example of this type of bridge. Therefore, the preferred alternative involves rehabilitation of the existing structure for continued vehicular use and would follow the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as outlined in the Standard Treatment Approach for Historic Bridges.

Under the preferred alternative, the proposed project would include but not limited to replacing the existing deck and expand the out to out copings to provide a 33 foot and 6 inch clear roadway width. Portions of the existing end bents will be removed and reconstructed, unsound concrete will be removed at the pier caps and columns, concrete patching, riprap around piers, embankments for scour protection, and appropriate approach transition.

Barges will be used for construction access to the center piers. The southeast quadrant is anticipated for construction staging and access to the waterway. The rehabilitation is proposed to extend the minimum service life of the bridge to 25 years.

The project will not require new permanent right of way. The project will require US 105 to be closed during construction while using the official detour on state maintained routes of US 124, US 9, and US 24, however, local routes may be used by local traffic.

Access to all businesses and residences will be maintained up to the project limits, and school corporations and emergency services will be notified prior to any construction in regard to the closure or delays prior to any construction. Waterway traffic will be maintained during construction using proper signage and buoys.

No work will be done directly over waterway traffic. To satisfy FHWA’s Section 106 responsibilities for other historic resources that may be in the Area of Potential Effects (APE), INDOT, on behalf of the FHWA, has determined a “no historic properties affected” finding is appropriate because no other properties listed in or eligible for listing in the NRHP are present with in the APE. In accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act, the views of the public are being sought regarding the effect finding of the proposed project on the historic elements as per 36 CFR 880.2(d), 800.3c and 800.6(a)(4).

The documentation can be viewed electronically by accessing INDOT’s Section 106 document posting website IN SCOPE.

Prior to the public hearing date, the environmental document, section 106 findings, and preliminary design plans for the project are available for viewing at the following locations:

Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, 30 East Madison St., Andrews, IN 46702

INDOT Fort Wayne District Office, 5333 Hatfield Rd., Fort Wayne, IN 46808

INDOT Hearings Examiner, Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave. N642, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone# 317-234-0796

The public hearing serves as the opportunity for the public to comment on both the Categorical Exclusion (CE) environmental document and the 800.11(e) documentation for Section 106. Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation.

Written comments in regard to the “no historic properties affected” finding or in regard to the proposed bridge rehabilitation may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period ending two weeks after the hearing date to : INDOT Public Hearings, IGCN Room N642, and 100 North Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or mwright@indot.in.gov.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and with advance notice, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids including but not limited to sign language interpretation, alternative format documents and other ADA supportive services.

Should accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, INDOT Office of Public Involvement at 317-232-6601 or e-mail rclark@indot.in.gov. In addition and in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, INDOT will provide accommodations for persons of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) requiring auxiliary aids and/or supportive services including but not limited to in-person language interpretation, alternative format documents and other services as needed.

Should accommodation be required please contact Rickie Clark, Office of Public Involvement at (317) 232-6601, or email rclark@indot.in.gov.