TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: The intent of this Public Notice is to provide an opportunity for the public to express their views on proposed adverse effects to historic properties within a proposed bridge replacement project.
APPLICANT: Antero Resources Corporation
1615 Wynkoop Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
LOCATION: The proposed project is located along Arnold Creek Road (County Route 1/1), in Central Station, Doddridge County, West Virginia (latitude 39.295906, longitude -80.821324). A project location map is attached as Enclosure 1.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED WORK: The applicant has requested a Department of the Army permit (DA) authorization for the proposed discharge of dredged and/or fill material into waters of the United States in conjunction with replacement of the Central Station Bridge to accommodate large vehicle natural gas well traffic.
The proposed Central Station Bridge replacement project would result in the discharge of dredged and/or fill material into 40 linear feet (0.002 acre) of Arnold Creek. The proposed bridge structure would consist of an 84-foot long by 27-foot wide steel and concrete single-span deck, abutments, and a superstructure that would include 4-foot walls. According to the applicant, the existing bridge abutments would be left in place to provide erosion protection. The proposed bridge abutments would be constructed along the stream bank and behind the existing bridge abutments. Approximately 12 cubic yards of fill material would be discharged below the ordinary high water mark of Arnold Creek as a result of the bridge abutment construction. The applicant has also indicated that project construction would be conducted from existing staging areas and a temporary construction pad would not be required. Refer to the enclosed construction drawings for a depiction of the proposed activities (Enclosure 2).
The United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is currently considering the proposed activities for authorization under Nationwide Permits (NWP) No. 3 (Maintenance). General Condition #20 of the NWPs states no activity which may affect historic properties eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is authorized until the Corps has complied with the provisions of 33 CFR Part 325 Appendix C. This condition also states the applicant must notify our office if the proposed activity may affect any historic property listed, determined to be eligible, or which the prospective permittee has reason to believe are eligible for listing on the NRHP. The Corps is mandated by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) to ensure no federal undertaking, including a Corps permit action, which may affect historic resources, is commenced before the impacts of such action are considered and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the State Historic Preservation Office are provided an opportunity to comment as required by the NHPA, 36 CFR 800, and 33 CFR 325, Appendix C.
In the pre-construction notification (PCN) for the proposed project, the applicant indicated previous investigations of the project area included:
- A cultural resources desktop assessment including a review of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office’s (WVSHPO) Interactive Map Viewer, and the completion of a Historic Property Inventory (HPI) Form to the WVSHPO by Allstar Ecology, LLC on August 3, 2015;
- A letter from the WVSHPO, sent to Allstar Ecology, LLC, dated September 10, 2015, requesting the evaluation of the Central Station Bridge using the NRHP Criteria of Evaluation on the HPI Form;
- A letter from Allstar Ecology, LLC sent to the WVSHPO dated September 23, 2015;
- A letter from the WVSHPO to Allstar Ecology, LLC, dated October 23, 2015, stating the Central Station Bridge is eligible for inclusion in the NRHP and the proposed bridge replacement would constitute an adverse effect to the bridge;
- A letter from Allstar Ecology, LLC sent to the WVSHPO dated November 2, 2015; and
- A letter from the WVSHPO to Allstar Ecology, LLC, dated November 19, 2015, concerning proposed mitigation measures for the proposed adverse effect.
A review of the aforementioned information revealed that the Central Station Bridge (WVSHPO No. DO-0108) was constructed during the nationwide “Good Roads Movement,” and conveys developments of architecture, engineering, and transportation that are significant within the historic context of early twentieth century road improvements in rural West Virginia. Based on the above information, this historic property, the Central Station Bridge, has been determined to be eligible for inclusion on the NRHP under Criteria (a) and (c). In evaluating the applicant’s permit request, the Corps has determined the proposed undertaking would have an adverse effect to Site DO-0108.
As mitigation for the proposed adverse effect, the applicant has proposed the following mitigation measures, which would be incorporated into a Memorandum of Agreement that would be made a part of any Department of the Army authorization of the proposed project:
- Recordation of the bridge by a professionally qualified architectural historian;
- Donation of the two salvaged bridge plaques to an appropriate historical society or museum; and
- Installation of a roadside historical marker.
This Public Notice serves to solicit public input on potential mitigation activities to resolve the adverse effects to the WVSHPO Site No. DO-0108.
PUBLIC INTEREST: The Corps is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, state and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the proposed adverse effect on historic properties. Should you wish to express your views on the undertaking’s effects on historic properties, or provide comments, objections or mitigation proposals associated with the proposed undertaking, please forward this information to our office prior to the close of the comment period for this Public Notice.
CLOSE OF COMMENT PERIOD: All comments pertaining to this Public Notice must reach this office on or before the close of the comment period listed on page one of this Public Notice. Persons wishing to submit comments or objections concerning this proposal should write:
United States Army Corps of Engineers
ATTN: CELRH-RD-E-Public Notice No. LRH-2015-00960-OHR
502 8th Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070
Please note, the names and addresses of those who submit comments in response to this Public Notice become part of our administrative record and, as such, are available to the public under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. If you have any questions concerning this public notice, please call Ms. Audrey Richter of my staff at 304-399-5257.