STATE PROJECT: S335-251-0.06 00
FEDERAL PROJECT: STP-0251(053)D
The West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways (WVDOH) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), is proposing to rehabilitate the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. The Wheeling Suspension Bridge spans over the Wheeling Heritage Trail, Ohio River Trail segment, a paved shared-use trail that extends along the east side of the Ohio River from 48th Street at Water Street in South Wheeling north to Pike Island Locks and Dam in Clearview. Temporary closure of the Trail near the Wheeling Suspension Bridge will be required to ensure the safety of trail users during construction. On the west side of the Ohio River, the Wheeling Suspension Bridge has a lateral stay cable anchored in the area designated by the City of Wheeling as Gateway Park southwest of the bridge and will require contractor access to replace the cable. The cable anchorage is located in a currently undeveloped area of Gateway Park, and construction is not expected to interfere with any park amenities proposed to be in place during the construction period.
Due to the proposed transportation use of these adjacent properties, Section 4(f) regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act of 1966 apply to the project. Section 4(f) affords protection to publicly-owned recreation areas including city, state, and national parks, wildlife refuges and management areas and historic sites. The Wheeling Heritage Trail and Gateway Park have been identified as Section 4(f) resources. The WVDOH, in coordination with the FHWA, is proposing a de minimis impact to the Wheeling Heritage Trail and Gateway Park, due to the proposed temporary construction activity on these properties.
Intermittent temporary closures of the Wheeling Heritage Trail near the Wheeling Suspension Bridge will be required to ensure safety of trail users during construction. During temporary closures, a flagging operation, signage, or other means of closure notification will be utilized during the workday to stop trail users while material and equipment are being moved. These temporary closures will be coordinated with the City of Wheeling, and a 14-day advance notice of closures will be published. Closures are anticipated to occur over an 18-month period. The Trail will be open during the Memorial Day Holiday period from the Thursday before Memorial Day to Memorial Day (Monday).
Based on the avoidance and minimization of impacts to the Section 4(f) resources as described above, the WVDOH, in coordination with the FHWA, is proposing a de minimis impact use regarding Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation Act (1966). WVDOH welcomes your comments on the effects of this project on the projected activities, features, and attributes of the Wheeling Heritage Trail and Gateway Park.
You may comment online
or in writing. Comments are due by Thursday, June 4, 2020. Those wishing to comment in writing may send their comments to:
Mr. RJ Scites, P.E.
Director, Engineering Division
West Virginia Division of Highways
1334 Smith Street, Charleston, West Virginia 25301
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