ODOT seeks feedback on SR 170 landslide repair project south of East Palestine
Impacts to Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail to be minimized
New Philadelphia, Ohio (Wednesday, November 20, 2013) – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) District 11 is seeking feedback on the impacts of a proposed landslide repair project (PID 76009) along State Route 170 just south of East Palestine in Columbiana County to the Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail and associated parking lot.
The proposed project, expected to begin in the spring of 2015, will eliminate an existing rockfall hazard on the roadway’s eastern (uphill) slope and complete slope stabilization work on the western (downhill) slope. The project will also install a storm sewer system to convey roadway storm drainage. Two existing clay culverts will be replaced, and rock channel protection will be installed at their outlet ends for erosion protection. Additionally, the existing guardrail will be replaced along the roadway, and the roadway’s pavement will be reconstructed on its existing alignment. SR 170 traffic will be detoured during a portion of construction.
To complete the project, new temporary and permanent right of way will be required from the village of East Palestine near the Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail; however, preliminary plans indicate that no right of way will be acquired from the trail. In the area located between the trail and SR 170, 1.34 acres of permanent right of way and 0.33 acres of temporary right of way will be acquired from the village. Additionally, 0.05 acres of permanent right of way will be purchased from the trail’s parking lot/trailhead and 0.02 acres of permanent right of way will be acquired between the parking lot/trailhead and SR 170.
Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail is a recognized Section 4(f) property in accordance with 23 CFR 774. 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 historic sites.
The parking lot/trailhead for the Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail will be closed for a limited time – not to exceed three days – during construction, but there will be periods of blasting along the roadway that will require multiple trail closures of one hour each. There is no feasible detour for trail users to travel around construction, so users will need to turn around when they reach the area of trail that is closed. Flaggers will be used to inform trail users of the temporary closures. The trail will remain open for public use during all phases of construction other than blasting. Construction debris will not be allowed to accumulate on the trail, and a temporary fence will be installed along the trail to separate the trail and trail users from the construction area.
Due to the scope of the proposed project and the presence of a Section 4(f) property, measures to minimize harm have been developed that creates a de minimis impact (as defined in 23 CFR 774.17) on the Section 4(f) property (Antoni Gaudi Scenic Way trail and associated parking lot). A de minimis impact is one that will not adversely affect the features, attributes, or activities qualifying the Section 4(f) property for protection.
Written comments concerning the project may be mailed to the Ohio Department of Transportation, District 11, Attention: Thomas E. 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 December 20, 2013.
Ohio’s highways are essential to keeping and creating new jobs. With a mission to provide easy movement of people and goods from place to place, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is responsible for maintaining one of the largest transportation networks in the nation. Guided by ethical principles and accountability, ODOT works to improve safety, enhance travel and advance economic development. As a $2.8 billion enterprise, the department wisely invests in its core services of snow and ice removal, annual construction program and highway maintenance operations.
For more information contact:
Becky Giauque \Jee-awg\, Public Information Officer, at (330) 308-3949
or email D11.PIO@dot.state.oh.us