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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Summer 2004 Kansas: Replacement of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge, Atchison
Kansas: Replacement of the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge, Atchison
Agency: Federal Highway Administration
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is considering providing financial
assistance to the Kansas Department of Transportation to replace a 66-year
old, two-lane bridge over the Missouri River at Atchison, Kansas. Under
the plan, the old bridge would be replaced by a new four-lane structure
to improve safety and accommodate projected increases in
Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge, Atchison, Kansas
The historic long-span steel truss bridge is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places as an excellent example of its kind constructed under the Public Works Administration.
In 1997, the crossing was named the Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge to honor the famed aviator who was born in Atchison, Kansas, in a house overlooking the Missouri River. It also was listed recently by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) as one of Americas 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
In January 2004, NTHP requested the ACHPs involvement in the Section 106 review process for this proposed project. NTHP was especially concerned that the removal of the historic truss bridge could influence the fate of several more steel truss bridges that FHWA is currently considering along the same stretch of the Missouri River.
In April 2004, the ACHP attended a Section 106 consultation meeting in Topeka, Kansas, and later sent a letter to the Kansas Division of FHWA on defining the purpose and need for the project.
The ACHPs letter also strongly encouraged FHWA to include at least one alternative in an Environmental Impact Statement that focuses on rehabilitating the existing Amelia Earhart Memorial Bridge and constructing a new, two-lane, companion bridge to accommodate increased traffic.
Because of the ACHPs recommendations and the concerns of NTHP and
another consulting party to the proposed project, the Atchison Preservation
Alliance, FHWA is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement that will
consider the proposed projects historic preservation issues.
Staff contact: Carol
Posted August 6, 2004
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