Devil's Slide Improvement Project
Route 1 from Half Moon Bay Airport to Linda Mar Boulevard in Pacifica,
San Mateo County, California
SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/
SECOND SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT
ALL COMMENTS ON THIS DOCUMENT MUST BE MADE IN WRITING TO:
|Robert Gross, Chief|
|Office of Environmental Planning, South|
|Caltrans District 4|
|P.O. Box 23660|
|Oakland, CA 94623-0660|
Notice of Intent
A Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register by FHWA on April 8, 1997, to advise the public that a supplement to a Final Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared for a proposed highway project on State Route 1 by FHWA in cooperation with Caltrans. The NOI provides some historical background information pertinent to Devil's Slide as well as public involvement opportunities. A copy of the NOI is provided in Appendix A.
NEPA/404 Integration Process
Pursuant to Appendix A of the 1994 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Federal Highway Administration , U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Caltrans, an interagency meeting was held on January 16, 1997 and again on June 10, 1997 for the NEPA/404 Integration Process to review the status of the Devil's Slide Project and to discuss the construction of a tunnel as an alternative to the previously proposed Martini Creek alignment alternative.
With the implementation of this process, the project was further developed to avoid significant impacts to wetland resources as well as to the Federal listed threatened California red-legged frog, whose habitat is dependent on these resources. The fill option at the north approach was subsequently dropped and the current tunnel project with the bridge option now qualifies for the Nationwide Permit program and thus the NEPA/404 Integration Process does not need to be continued.
San Mateo County/Caltrans Coordination
Representatives from the San Mateo County Planning and Public Works Divisions; Federal, state, and local legislators; environmental groups; mid-coast business leaders; tunnel project advocates and dewatering supporters; the media; and MTC, FHWA and Caltrans have been meeting since January of 1997. Monthly coordination meetings were held to discuss any issues or concerns of the various representatives as well for Caltrans to provide regular progress reports on the Devil's Slide project. Issues such as project funding, tunnel width and alignment, pedestrian and bicycle access, dewatering, tunnel design options (bridge vs. fill), and the California red-legged frog have been addressed over the last year and a half. The coordination meetings have proven valuable as a means of addressing important issues that might otherwise have been overlooked in the development of this draft SEIS/R. These meetings are expected to continue as needed.
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