Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge Project
Villanova Pedestrian Bridge
The purpose of this project was to create a safe walking path over Lancaster Avenue for students, professors, and visitors on the Villanova University campus in Chester County, PA. Since it was anticipated that local historical groups and other parties, including Radnor Township, would have an interest in the project and its potential effects on historic properties, Lotus conducted the following surveys and studies:
Archaeology and Above Ground Historic Structures
TThe Villanova University Campus Historic District was deemed eligible for listing in the NRHP in April 1995. The Philadelphia and Western Railway was also determined eligible for listing in the NRHP in June 2004, as well as three other properties, including Lancaster Avenue. Lotus was responsible for coordinating with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to obtain the necessary approvals to more forward with the pedestrian bridge.
Permitting and Environmental Clearance
Since the project was partially funded by Pennsylvania Transportation Infrastructure Investment Funds, Lotus prepared the Environmental Documentation, which included incorporating the results of the Threatened and Endangered Species and Historic Structures, Section 2002 and Archaeological investigations into the document. We also completed an Environmental Due Diligence Form.
Also, in order to document the use of the Villanova Campus Historic District, Lotus was responsible for preparing the Section 2002 No Adverse Use Form. The form included copies of above ground historic property documentation and coordination with BHP and interested parties, as well as photographs and maps as appropriate.