Public hearing set for I-83 widening project update

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
A proposed widening project for Interstate 83 may end up consuming part of Fayfield Park in Springettsbury Township. Plans include widening a five mile stretch from four lanes to eight. Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration will hold a public hearing in October to detail the environmental assessment for the Interstate 83 widening project.

The two agencies, in conjunction U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will hold the public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Central York Middle School. Doors open at 5 p.m., and those who wish to speak must register awww.i83northyork.com/ea-public-hearing.

The environmental assessment includes the environmental impact of the project and methods to mitigate its footprint in the neighborhoods as required through the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.

The widening project covers roughly five miles of the I-83 corridor from Exit 19 to Exit 22, Market Street to North George Street, in York County. The process entails widening the interstate from two to three lanes in each direction, improving interchanges and a variety of other measures.

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I-83 widening project

The update follows a mixed bag of feedback earlier this year from residents who will be affected by the project, including those who expect to have either a portion of or the entirety of their properties bought through eminent domain. 

The assessment will help clarify what properties will be affected by eminent domain, said PennDOT project manager Ben Singer in May. Singer was not available for comment Wednesday, Aug. 28.

A copy of the assessment can be found here.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.