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Jeffrey Davis
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June 9, 2003

Final Environmental Impact Statement For Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-95 Interchange
Available For Public Review Starting July 11

Philadelphia, (PA) – The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Pennsylvania Turnpike/Interstate 95 Interchange Project will be available for public review and comment from July 11 to August 15, 2003.

To give citizens an opportunity to review details of the project’s findings, copies of the FEIS will be available at various public locations, such as township buildings and libraries (see attached list on page 3). In addition, the Executive Summary from the FEIS can be downloaded from the project website at www.paturnpike.com/i95. All written comments about the FEIS should be signed and sent by August 15, 2003 to: Jeffrey Davis, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project Office, KCI Technologies Inc., 3220 Tillman Drive, Suite 104, Bensalem, PA 19020. Faxed and e-mailed comments cannot be accepted.

"Since the completion of the FEIS marks one of the most important steps for the project, we encourage everyone to review the document to see how previous comments on the DEIS were addressed and to provide written comments on this final document," said Jeffrey Davis, project manager at the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission. "The FEIS brings the project one step closer to final design and construction."

The FEIS is a comprehensive summary of all the project's studies and fully documents the project's design alternatives and their potential environmental impacts. The FEIS also addresses substantive public and governmental agency comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). In response to the DEIS comments, engineers made minor design changes to further minimize environmental impacts. The project's Preferred Alternative as contained in the FEIS essentially remains the same as the Recommended Preferred Alternative contained in the DEIS: Modified Plaza West, Single Loop A Interchange, and Delaware River Bridge South.


Once the FEIS comment period is completed, the Federal Highway Administration will review the comments received on the document and issue a Record of Decision (ROD). The ROD
explains their decision on a selected alternative, and is necessary for the project to move into
final design and construction. The ROD is expected by the end of this year.
The main objectives for the Pennsylvania Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project are to connect I-276 and I-95, and to make I-95 continuous from Maine to Florida. This project will require building a high-speed interchange directly connecting I-276 and I-95 in Bucks County, a new Turnpike mainline toll plaza, and an additional bridge over the Delaware River, as well as widening sections of the Turnpike and I-95 from four to six lanes.

Although the project spans nine miles of the Turnpike and three miles of I-95, direct impacts associated with the Preferred Alternative have been minimized to 12 homes, 12 businesses, and two churches. The FEIS marks the culmination of a multi-year project development process during which engineers investigated numerous project design concepts in order to minimize community and environmental impacts.

"This project has both regional and national implications," said Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission Chairman Mitchell Rubin. "The connection will make access to the city much easier and improve the flow of traffic not only in the Philadelphia region, but along the entire east coast. The project will provide many jobs for Bucks County, a well as contribute to economic growth for the entire Delaware Valley."

According to an independent economic impact study conducted in 1999, the interchange project's construction would support an average of 300 jobs annually in Bucks County during the construction period. Construction spending on design firms, construction crews, and supplies also would stimulate nearly $415 million in business sales and $149 million in personal income within Bucks County. These estimates only summarize the short-term construction benefits.

Long-term economic benefits would come from the improved connections to regional markets, enhancing office market attractiveness and travel cost savings for motorists. The economic impact study indicates that these factors are capable of generating approximately 3000 new jobs and $500 million in business sales and personal income in Bucks County by the year 2025. With appropriate land use planning and zoning, the proposed interchange project will provide the necessary stimulus for economic recovery and revitalization in Lower Bucks County.

Now that the environmental study phase is nearing completion, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has programmed $146 million in federal funds for the next phase of the interchange project. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Philadelphia-Camden-Trenton region. After the Federal Highway Administration issues a positive Record of Decision, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may request the programmed funds to start final design, right-of-way acquisition, and construction.


The project's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be available for public review from July 11 – August 15, 2003. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has distributed the FEIS to the following public locations, which may be visited during their regular business hours:

Bucks County locations
PA Turnpike/I-95 Interchange Project Office, 3220 Tillman Drive, Suite 104, Bensalem, PA *
Bensalem Township Municipal Building, 2400 Byberry Road, Bensalem, PA
Bristol Township Municipal Building, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol, PA
Middletown Municipal Building, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne, PA
Bucks County Free Library, 3700 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem, PA
Bucks County Free Library, 7311 New Falls Road, Levittown, PA
Margaret Grundy Library, 680 Radcliffe Street, Bristol, PA
Bucks County Planning Commission, Neshaminy Manor Center, Doylestown, PA
Bucks County Transportation Management Association, 3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA

New Jersey locations
Burlington Township Municipal Building, 851 Old York Road, Burlington, NJ
Burlington City Library, 23 West Union Street, Burlington, NJ
Burlington County Planning Commission, 1900 Briggs Road, Mount Laurel, NJ
Florence Township Public Library, 1350 Hornberger Avenue, Roebling, NJ
Florence Township Municipal Building, 711 Broad St, Florence, NJ

Philadelphia locations
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Phila. District,Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA
City of Philadelphia Planning Commission, 1515 Arch St., 13th Floor, Philadelphia, PA
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Bourse Building, 111 S. Independence Mall East, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA

Other locations
PA Turnpike Commission, Administration Building, 700 South Eisenhower Blvd.,
Middletown, PA *
PA Turnpike Commission, Eastern Regional Office, 251 Flint Hill Road, King of Prussia, PA
PA Department of Transportation, District 6-0, 7000 Geerdes Blvd, King of Prussia, PA

* Technical files related to the FEIS are available for review at these locations.



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