Project Needs and Goals
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PENNDOT) and the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA), in partnership with Lancaster County, are currently completing
Step 5 of the PENNDOT Project Development Process, which consists of the detailed
engineering and environmental analysis of the PA 23 EIS project alternatives.
The goal of this phase of the project is to result in a consensus on the alternatives
to be evaluated in detail in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
The evaluation consisted of an examination of the alternative's ability to
meet the needs of the project, the impacts to the environment, as well as consideration
of the views of the public and local, state and federal stakeholders.
PROJECT NEEDS AND GOALS
The PA 23 EIS project needs were determined as a result of a Needs Report completed
in May 1999. The Needs Report identified seven "key requirements" for
the project. Three of those key requirements became the Transportation
Needs for the project, and they are:
- Improve Safety Conditions at select intersections and roadway
sections that currently exhibit high crash rates;
- Improve Operational Efficiency of the existing transportation
- Accommodate Future Mobility needs for the safe and efficient
movement of people and goods.
The remaining four key requirements identified in the Needs Report became the
Land Use and Socioeconomic Goals for the project. These goals
- Preserve farmlands, and protect forested lands, water resources, and scenic
- Facilitate the implementation of the County's growth management strategy;
- Support all sectors of the study area's economy, consistent with the County’s
growth management strategy; and
- Preserve the viability of social sub groups with unique transportation needs