OHIO DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DISTRICT 11 OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS - 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2009
ODOT Seeks Comments on Impacts to Marina During Removal of the Fort Steuben Bridge
(NEW PHILADELPHIA, OHIO)– The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is preparing for the removal of the Fort Steuben Bridge by seeking comments from the public on demolition of the structure and impacts to the area.
The Fort Steuben Bridge was built in 1929 and crosses the Ohio River between Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, West Virginia. The 80-year old structure is structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Concerns regarding the bridge's age and integrity led to its current closure in 2008.
To facilitate demolition, access to the Steubenville Marina will be temporarily restricted for a limited number of days during construction. The Steubenville Marina is considered a Section 4(f) property by federal law. The use of federal funds subjects the project to the requirements of Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966. This law protects publicly owned parks, recreation areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges as well as public or privately-owned historical resources. ODOT values the availability of recreational opportunities for the residents of Steubenville and the surrounding community, and it is the department's goal to ensure that the proposed demolition does not compromise public safety or access to the Marina.
Due to the scope of the project and the presence of a Section 4(f) property (Steubenville Marina), measures to minimize harm have been developed that creates a de minimis impact (as defined in 23 CFR 774.17 -- one that will not adversely affect the features, attributes or activities qualifying the property for protection) on the property. Applying de minimis allows for all possible planning to minimize harm by reducing impacts to the resource.
No change in ownership will occur and the area underneath the Fort Steuben Bridge will be restored to a condition as good as or better than it was prior to demolition activities. To protect the Steubenville Marina and the public, a temporary construction fence shall be installed along the proposed construction limits prior to the start of demolition activities, and the contractor will be required to closely coordinate their schedule with the city of Steubenville.
The primary functions and components of the recreational area will not be substantively impaired by the project. The location and amount of permanent and temporary right of way needed for construction activities will not impair the intended use or function of designated recreational activities associated with the Marina. Additionally, there will be no anticipated permanent adverse physical impacts or permanent interference with the activities or use of the recreation areas within the Marina. The proposed scope of work is minor in nature, the magnitude of changes to the Steubenville Marina is minimal, and the assessment of impacts and proposed mitigation to maintain access and safety are considered reasonable and acceptable.
This $6 million project is expected to begin in 2010. Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Thomas Stratton, 2201 Reiser Avenue SE, New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663. ODOT District 11 can also be contacted by telephone at 330-339-6633. All comments must be submitted by July 14, 2009.
For information on additional lane and road closures caused by construction, accidents, flooding or other related traffic events, visit ODOT's gateway to traffic and roadway information at www.BuckeyeTraffic.org.
For more information, contact: Becky McCarty, Public Information Officer, at 330-308-3949 or at Becky.McCarty@dot.state.oh.us.
ODOT District 11 serves Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson and Tuscarawas counties.
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