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ENB - Region 5 Notices 3/25/2009

Negative Declaration

Hamilton County - The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT), as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Route 30 over Sacandaga River Bridge Replacement Project will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the replacement of the existing Warren Truss bridge carrying Route 30 over the Sacandaga River on a shifted alignment to the east to eliminate the deficiencies of the existing bridge (circa 1929) and improving all non-standard features. The project is located in a designated Recreational River area. The new bridge will replace a historic structure, therefore, mitigation for the impacts to cultural resources has been proposed as part of the project. Documentation of the existing structure will be recorded with New York State Archives and local repositories, there will be an interpretive display describing the historic structure to be removed, the new bridge has been designed to create a unique structure in the Town of Wells hamlet setting and monitoring of cultural resources will be undertaken during the construction project. The new bridge will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and improve sight distance at the Griffen Road and Route 30 intersection and beach access drive. The project will also relocate an existing water line within the right-of-way and overhead utilities in the immediate vicinity of the bridge will be placed underground. Approximately eight utility poles and related wires will be removed in the vicinity of the bridge. The sidewalks will be replaced to meet the new alignment and there will be approximately six new pedestrian/traffic light poles located along the west side of the bridge and Town Park. A landscaping plan will be undertaken as part of the project. The project involves unavoidable wetland impacts in the vicinity of the bridge and the wetland impacts will be mitigated by completing a wetland mitigation project off-site. Route 30 is a minor arterial on the surface transportation system. The project is scheduled for construction beginning in the fall of 2009. The project is located on Route 30 in the Town of Wells, New York.

Contact: Michael Shamma, NYS DOT - Region 2, 207 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501, Phone: (315) 793-2447, E-mail: mshamma@dot.state.ny.us.

Washington County - The Easton Town Planning Board, as lead agency, has determined that the proposed Lamb Minor Subdivision #2-09 will not have a significant adverse environmental impact. The action involves the subdivision of a farm tract for the purpose of creating two single family residential lots. The farm tract extends from Valley Falls Road east and north to Hoag Road and Meeting House Road, just south of the hamlet of Easton. The section of the farm proposed for subdivision lies within a Rural Reserve area of the Town Land Use Plan Map, and conform to the recommendations of the Town Comprehensive Plan. Some agricultural access will be impaired. The entire road frontage along Meeting House Road for the field will be taken up by the proposed lots. However, there is an access to the field through deeded right of way from Hoag Road. Views of the Hudson River Valley from Meeting House Road will be minimally impacted as the height of the buildings will be southeast of the viewshed. The project is nearby the Society of Friends South Meeting House, a structure of local historic importance, but will blend with the structures of the adjacent hamlet. The project is located on Meeting House Road in the Town of Easton, New York.

Contact: Robert Stevens, Easton Town Planning Board, 1071 State Route 40, Greenwich, NY 12834, Phone: (518) 692-2678.

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