Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ADOT seeks public input on proposed action at the Pinto Creek Bridge on US 60

Comment period runs through Dec. 8, 2017

The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public input on a proposal to build a new bridge over Pinto Creek and remove the existing bridge, located on U.S. 60 at milepost 238.25 in Gila County.

Pinto Creek Bridge was built in 1949 in compliance with bridge standards at that time. Those standards no longer meet the current minimum standards required by the Federal Highway Administration, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and ADOT’s Bridge Design Guidelines. Although safe for driving, the Pinto Creek Bridge has been deemed structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. Now, ADOT and the FHWA must address this matter, while ensuring the traveling public has a reliable bridge crossing over Pinto Creek, and while preserving the continuity of the U.S. 60 in southeastern Arizona.

The proposed action of building a new bridge and removing the existing bridge is one of four that ADOT and the FHWA could take:

No build – do nothing
Build a new bridge and remove the existing bridge
Rehabilitate the existing bridge
Build a new bridge and rehabilitate the existing bridge

In accordance with Section 4(f) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Act of 1966, ADOT is seeking public input on the proposal to build a new bridge and remove the existing bridge. Section 4(f) stipulates that the FHWA and departments of transportation, such as ADOT, cannot approve the use of land from publicly owned parks, recreational areas, wildlife and waterfowl refuges or public or private historical sites unless the following conditions apply:


There is no feasible and prudent alternative to the use of the land; and the action includes all possible planning to minimize harm to the property resulting from such use; OR
The FHWA determines that the use of the property will have a de minimis (minor) impact.

Pinto Creek Bridge is considered a Section 4(f) property for its historic significance. Because removing the bridge, as proposed, would have an impact on a Section 4(f) property, the Arizona FHWA office has completed a report titled: Programmatic Section 4(f) Evaluation and Approval for FHWA Projects that Necessitate the Use of Historic Bridges. This report is available for public comment at azdot.gov/PintoCreekBridge through Dec. 8, 2017.

The public can submit comments by email at PintoCreek@azdot.gov, by calling the ADOT Project Information Line at 855.712.8530, or by mail. Written comments can be sent to: ADOT Communications, 1655 W. Jackson St., MD 126F, Phoenix, AZ 85007. All comments must be received by Dec. 8, 2017, to be included in the official project record.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons who require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact Sebastian Tonazzi at 520.268.5519 or atSTonazzi@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad. Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto Sebastian Tonazzi 520.268.5519 o en STonazzi@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.



The Pinto Creek Bridge is located in Gila County on U.S. 60 at milepost 238.25.

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