The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the project team, discuss the history of the project, present details related to the site selection, define the environmental clearance process, identify the scope of the traffic studies, outline future public involvement opportunities and gather public comment.
The meeting will be held as follows:
DATE: April 3, 2014
TIME: Open House: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Presentations: 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Iroquois High School
4301 Main Street
Erie, PA 16511
Throughout the Open House session, the public will be able to visit several informational stations at their leisure and interact with the project team. For added convenience, two time slots will be offered for the public to attend a formal presentation. Both presentations will be identical and will include a question and answer session.
“We recognize the level of public interest in this important project and we’re eager to share the latest information related to its development, said Steve Rubin, President of EIP Intermodal Rail Terminal, LLC. We want to provide the public with as many answers as we possibly can.”
The project purpose is to construct an intermodal container transfer facility that will enhance the region’s freight movement capabilities and create economic opportunities throughout the East Lake Erie Region. The proposed action would involve the use of existing CSX rail lines and accommodate local freight trucking needs. The project development process will include the completion of an Environmental Assessment and a Traffic Impact Study.
“We still have more steps to take in order to obtain environmental clearance and complete the associated traffic studies, but we are committed to see these studies through to ensure impacts to the environment and the community are minimized,” Katrina Smith, DevelopErie Senior Vice President.
As traffic studies were initiated by the DevelopErie consultant team of EMH&T and Urban Engineers earlier this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Engineering District 1-0 became involved in a review capacity.
“PennDOT’s role in the project will focus on ensuring the integrity of the local roadway network is maintained in accordance with current standards, while also providing opportunities for public engagement as the analysis of the transportation system proceeds,” said Bill Petit, P.E., PennDOT District Executive.
For more information, the public can visit the project website,http://www.developerierail.com or contact Ms. Regina Smith, DevelopErie COO, at 814.899.6022 or Mr. Stephen Schettler, PennDOT Project Manager, at 814.678.7356.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the meeting facility is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Any person requiring additional information or special assistance should contact Rebecca Rosa, Public Involvement and Environmental Specialist, at (412) 922-6880.
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