Draft Environmental Assessment

Draft Environmental Assessment Document Available For Review

I-83 East Shore Section 2 Eisenhower Interchange Reconstruction Project

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 8-0, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, have prepared the Draft Environmental Assessment and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation documents for the project. The public may review these documents and provide comments from Sunday, November 3 through Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

As part of the review and comment period, the public was given the opportunity to provide formal testimony on the documents at a Public Hearing held on November 19, 2019 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel.

Project Description

The I-83 East Shore Section 2 Eisenhower Interchange Reconstruction Project is located just south of the Union Deposit Interchange to 29th Street and includes the reconstruction of the Eisenhower Interchange and portions of US 322 and I-283. The proposed improvements will widen the I-83 mainline to three lanes in each direction with connections to I-283 and US 322. In addition to the regional connections, the interchange will improve local access connections to Derry Street and to Paxton Street.

Comment Period: Draft Environmental Assessment and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation

  • What are the Environmental Assessment and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation documents?

    The Environmental Assessment document analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with a proposed transportation improvement. It analyzes proposed project alternatives and presents the potential impacts to various natural, cultural, and community resources located within the project area and the proposed mitigation to offset those impacts. This assessment is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969.

    The Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation document includes consideration of publicly owned park and recreation areas, publicly owned wildlife and waterfowl refuges, and public and privately owned historic resources. The Federal Highway Administration requires this evaluation through Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 774.

  • What is a Public Hearing?

    A Public Hearing is an official method for receiving public testimony. A Public Hearing differs from a public meeting in that it is designed only for receiving testimony for public record, often held to meet legal requirements, and has a specific structure that mandates how it is to be conducted.

    All testimonies and comments provided during the Public Hearing, including the hearing proceedings, are documented for public record.

    The following guidelines are examples of a Public Hearing structure.

    • There will be no questions or responses during the testimony period
    • Speakers name and the organization (if applicable) represented must be provided
    • Speakers have up to five minutes to present testimony
    • Be courteous and respectful while others are speaking
    • Cellphones and other electronic devices should be silenced
    • Written comments are also accepted

  • How can I review the documents?

    The Draft Environmental Assessment and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation documents are available for review November 3 - December 17, 2019.

    View PDF

    View text for translation

    View the technical reports

    You can also review paper copy draft documents at the following locations:

    • Federal Highway Administration
      228 Walnut Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17101

    • PennDOT District 8-0
      2140 Herr Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17103

    • Swatara Township Municipal Building
      599 Eisenhower Boulevard
      Harrisburg, PA 17111

    • Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center
      425 Prince Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17109

    • Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
      112 Market Street, 2nd Floor
      Harrisburg, PA 17101

    • Kline Library
      530 S 29th Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17104

    • East Shore Area Library
      4501 Ethel Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17109

    • McCormick Riverfront Library
      101 Walnut Street
      Harrisburg, PA 17101

    These locations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

  • How can I participate?

    You can participate in this comment period by providing written comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment and Individual Section 4(f) Evaluation documents.

    A Public Hearing was held on November 19, 2019 that provided an opportunity for oral testimony. Six members of the public provided public oral testimony and one provided private oral testimony during the Public Hearing.

    All written comments and oral testimony will become part of the public record for this project.

    How can I provide written comments?

    You can provide written comments November 3 through December 17, 2019.

    Submit comments electronically

    Download paper comment form

    Paper comment forms can also be found at the viewing locations listed under “How can I review the documents.”