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Cultural resources studies and historic reports, Merchant Street Bridge

CULTURAL RESOURCES STUDIES AND HISTORIC PROPERTIES FOR THE MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE PROJECT

Cultural resources studies and reports of findings are required by the State History Code (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act No. 1978-273 (as amended as Act No. 1988-72), as codified at Title 37 of the Pennsylvania Code, 37 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq.) for projects using state funding.  To a large extent, SHPO follows the National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 process in the review of state actions.

PA SHPO PROJECT REVIEW FORM, DETERMINATION OF AREA OF POTENTIAL EFFECTS, AND IDENTIFICATION OF PREVIOUSLY RECORDED HISTORIC RESOURCES FOR THE MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE PROJECT

The purpose of this document is to define the projects' area of potential effect (APE) and identify historic properties located in that APE for submittal to the PA SHPO and PennDOT to satisfy consultation provisions as part of review considerations under Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 120 of P.L. 356 (Act 120) amended Section 2002.  The document is submitted for the purpose of consultation and compliance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act No. 1978-273 (as amended as Act No. 1988-72), as codified at Title 37 of the Pennsylvania Code, 37 Pa.C.S. § 101 et seq. (“State History Code”), as applicable.  The report satisfies the PA SHPO Project Review Form and Request to Initiate Consultation on State and Federal Undertakings and requirements of the History Code for establishing project APEs and for the preliminary identification historic-age (50-years of age or older) resources.  This includes provisions addressing archaeological field investigations on archaeological resources.

View the report here: PA SHPO Project Review Form

IDENTIFICATION OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES REPORT FOR THE MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE

The purpose of the Identification of Historic Properties Reports are to present to the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Officer (PA SHPO) the results of the historic resources survey and National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility assessment that was conducted to identify historic properties within each project’s area of potential effects (APE). This report has been prepared in accordance with the Pennsylvania State History Code. 

View the report here: MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE IDENTIFICATION OF HISTORIC PROPERTIES REPORT

HISTORIC BRIDGE REHABILITATION ANALYSIS REPORT FOR MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE

The Merchant Street Bridge is a contributing element of the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP)-eligible Pennsylvania Railroad: Main Line (Pittsburgh to Ohio State Line) railroad corridor historic district (Key No. 112372).  The preparation of this Historic Bridge Rehabilitation Analysis (HBRA) is pursuant to PennDOT Publication 689 – Cultural Resources Handbook (March 2013), PennDOT Design Manual Part 1A Transportation Design Manual, and the intent of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to seek ways to avoid or minimize adverse effects on the railroad corridor historic district.  This report examines whether the Merchant Street Bridge could be made “adequate” through rehabilitation relative to addressing the project’s purpose and needs while meeting the Secretary of the Interior’s (SOI’s) Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

View the report here: MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE PROJECT HISTORIC BRIDGE REHABILITATION ANALYSIS

DETERMINATION OF EFFECTS REPORT FOR MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE PROJECT

This report assesses the potential effects of the Merchant Street Bridge Project upon historic properties identified within the area of potential effects (APE) of the proposed undertaking.  The APE contains two (2) historic properties:  the Pennsylvania Railroad: Main Line (Pittsburgh to Ohio State Line) Railroad Corridor Historic District and the Allegheny Commons Historic District.  The Pennsylvania History Code and PennDOT guidance apply the Section 106 (of the National Historic Preservation Act) definition of effect and the criteria of adverse effect to assess project effects on historic properties.

View the report here: DETERMINATION OF EFFECTS REPORT FOR MERCHANT STREET BRIDGE PROJECT