Skinners Falls Bridge Project
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) District 4-0, together with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Region 9, is preparing a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) Study for the Skinners Falls Bridge.
The Skinners Falls Bridge crosses the Delaware River, connecting the communities of Milanville, PA and Skinners Falls, NY. In recent years, the bridge has undergone a series of traffic closures due to observed structural issues followed by emergency repairs and re-openings. A customer complaint and subsequent District Bridge Unit inspection on October 16, 2019 identified timber deck and lateral truss bracing deterioration requiring the bridge be closed. PennDOT is conducting a PEL Study to identify the transportation purpose and need for the project. The purpose and need will drive the process for alternatives consideration, inform the environmental analysis, and ultimately the alternative selection.
A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been created to provide more information about the PEL Study and the Skinners Falls Bridge. The FAQs will be updated throughout the project to address new questions and project information.
PennDOT and NYSDOT conducted a project survey from March 31, 2021 to June 1, 2021 to gain input from the community to better understand transportation needs for this location. Data and the comments from the survey have been analyzed and summarized in this document posted to the project website.
The project team held a second Project Advisory Committee meeting on September 23, 2021. View a copy of the slideshow here. Information learned through the project survey and email comments, along with feedback from the Project Advisory Committee and emergency management professionals, and past bridge usage data, has been considered in the development of the draft purpose and need.
NEW: Draft Purpose and Need Review and Public Comment Period
The draft Purpose and Need document and public comment form for Skinners Falls Bridge will be active on the project website on December 8, 2021. The public comment period has been extended an additional thirty days (open for a total of 60 days) through to February 7, 2022. Access the draft document here and in the Resources panel to the right side of the webpage. The digital comment form is available as a digital survey here.
Printed copies of the project document and comment form will also be available to the public at the following locations near the project site:
Milanville General Store
1143 River Rd
Milanville, PA 18443
Western Sullivan Public Library, Delaware Free Branch
45 Lower Main Street
Callicoon, NY 12723
Western Sullivan Public Library, Tusten-Cochecton Branch
198 Bridge St
Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Please call ahead or check online for location hours.
For further explanation of the draft Purpose and Need statements and supporting data, please review the PAC Meeting 2 presentation slides on the project website.
If you have any questions comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list to receive future updates on the Skinners Falls Bridge PEL, please contact the project hotline at (610) 234-5148 or Skinnersfallsbridge@aecom.com.
PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission (PHMC) produced an educational video about Pennsylvania's historic bridges and their contribution to Pennsylvania's cultural landscape. This video can be seen on PennDOT's Cultural Resources webpage here.
The following are informational fact sheets or web pages produced/owned by FHWA:
Planning and Environment Linkages Fact Sheet, Opens in A New Window (PDF)
Environmental Review Toolkit, Opens in A New Window
NEPA Overview, Opens in A New Window
Section 106 and Consulting Parties
Anyone with an expressed interest in or a concern with effects to historic properties in Milanville or the Skinners Falls bridge can request to become a Section 106 consulting party via PennDOT's cultural resources public consultation web site PATH for the Skinners Falls Bridge project via this link: https://path.penndot.gov/ProjectDetails.aspx?ProjectID=4487. The PATH website also has information pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of a consulting party.
PEL Public Notice
This PEL Study is being undertaken in accordance with 23 United States Code (USC) Section 168 as well as with 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 450.212. Under these authorities, analyses conducted during planning may be adopted and incorporated directly or by reference into subsequent environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), provided that the studies are adequately documented; interested Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies are involved; a reasonable opportunity for public review and comment on the PEL Study is provided; and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is engaged.
Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, PennDOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability. If you feel that you have been denied the benefits of, or participation in a PennDOT program or activity, you may contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Equal Opportunity, DBE/Title VI Division at 717-787-5891 or 800-468-4201.