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ENB - Statewide Notices

Public Notice

Pursuant to the Environmental Conservation Law Sections 13-0105 and 13-0340-b the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) hereby gives notice of the following:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to amend 6NYCRR Part 40 relating to summer flounder (fluke). This notice will be published in issue 1 of the State Register, dated 01/02/2008.

For further information contact:

Steve Heins
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
205 N. Belle Meade Road, Suite 1
East Setauket, NY 11733-3400
Phone: (631) 444-0435
E-mail: swheins@gw.dec.state.ny.us

Negative Declaration

Statewide - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed discontinued use of A588 steel "rustic" guide rail will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the enhancement of roadside aesthetics in special settings in the Adirondack Park, Catskill Park and certain Parkways. In the 1980's the Department of Transportation initiated the use of A588 steel "rustic" guide rail. Unfortunately, through extensive field observation and inspection, NYS DOT has learned that this product deteriorates at an accelerated and unpredictable rate. This circumstance results in an unacceptable safety condition and therefore NYS DOT has discontinued the use of A588 steel guide rail. NYS DOT recently completed an intensive multi-year study to assess the rate of deterioration and look for suitable alternative "rustic" guide rail products that would satisfy aesthetic and safety concerns in a practical and affordable manner. No alternatives have been discovered that are brown, safe, practical and affordable. Therefore, most A588 steel guide rail will be replaced with grey galvanized guide rail. NYS DOT remains committed to contributing to "branding" efforts in the aforementioned locations and aesthetic guide rail options will be considered in special settings such as rest areas, parking areas, scenic vistas and historic districts. In addition, NYS DOT will continue it's efforts to more consistently brand these locations in a context appropriate manner, through increased and consistent use of yellow on brown signing, improved park entrance signing, rustic parking area treatments and village gateway treatments. NYS DOT is currently completing a detailed A588 steel guide rail inventory and condition assessment and replacements will begin in 2008 and should be completed on a priority basis over the next 5 - 10 years. To achieve a consistent result and to assure all guide rail replacements and branding activities meet stakeholder expectations, these will occur on a corridor basis with consultation with appropriate stakeholders and agencies including the Adirondack Park Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

The NYS DOT policy documents directing the discontinuation of A588 steel guide rail may be found online at: https://www.dot.ny.gov/portal/page/portal/main/business-center/consultants/forms-publications-and-instructions/engineering-information-issuance-system/ei-repository/ei07029.pdf

In addition, the policy documents directing the discontinuation of A588 Steel Guide Rail can be requested by phone: (515) 457-5566, fax: (518) 457-6887, E-mail: kwilliams@dot.state.ny.us or mail: 50 Wolf Road POD 41, Albany, NY 12232. The New York State Department of Transportation will be taking general comments regarding additional considerations for aesthetic guide rail treatments in special settings for a 30 day comment period ending on January 22, 2008. Any questions and comments may be sent to the NYS DOT contact person, Kyle Williams.

This action applies statewide to all NYS DOT highways, facilities, and Right-of-Ways where A588 steel guide rail exists.

Contact: Kyle Williams, 50 Wolf Road POD 41, Albany, NY 12232, Phone: (518) 457-5566, E-mail: kwilliams@dot.state.ny.us.

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