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About the Project

SR 981, Section V20 is currently in the Preliminary Engineering phase of project development. SR 981, Section V20 extends about 3.5 miles from north of the Norvelt intersection in Mount Pleasant Township along SR 2023 to the SR 2023/SR 130 intersection in Unity Township.



Anticipated Schedule*

Preliminary Design:   2020 - 2023

Final Design and Right-of-Way Acquisition: 2023 - 2025

Construction:   2026 - 2027

*Schedule subject to change due to funding availability


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Considering the Environment in SR 981, Section V20

The proposed SR 981, Section V20 roadway alignment will divert from existing SR 981 and follow existing SR 2023 for a majority of the alignment. During Preliminary Design, the Project Team will conduct environmental and engineering studies to further refine the alignment. 

The Project Team will use the following performance measures to evaluate the alignment:

  • Safety
  • Constructability
  • Property, environmental and utility impacts
  • Maintaining traffic during construction
  • Cost considerations

The Project Team will prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) during PE to determine potential impacts to the natural (wetlands, streams, etc.), cultural (historic sites, archaeology) and socio-economic (communities, waste sites, etc.) within the project area. Potential features in SR 981, Section V20 include cemeteries, active agricultural fields, historic resources, homes, and water resources. The Project Team will work to minimize impacts while designing the proposed alignment. 

In June 2020, PennDOT mailed ‘Notice of Intent to Enter’ letters to property owners in the project area. If you received one of these letters, the project team may need to access your property to complete environmental studies or data collection. Please contact the project team using the contact information listed in the letter if you have any questions about this work.

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PennDOT is required to follow NEPA on any federally funded project. NEPA compliance requires environmental resources to be evaluated using one of three types of environmental documentation. The level of documentation is determined based on the complexity of the project. SR 981, Section V20 of the LVTIP requires the completion of an Environmental Assessment (EA) during Preliminary Engineering.

“The purpose of Preliminary Design is to set line, grade, and width." This essentially means that the horizontal and vertical geometry and roadway typical section are approved during the Preliminary Design phase. Environmental review and finding also occur during this phase.

An Environmental Assessment is a type of environmental documentation used as part of the NEPA process to determine whether a project may have a significant impact on environmental features.