SIGNED FONSI for Arches Road Maintenance
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Parkwide Road Maintenance and Modification project in Arches National Park was signed by the acting Intermountain Regional Director, on October 18, 2013. This decision was reached after reviewing the environmental impacts analyzed and considering public comments on the Environmental Assessment released in July.
The Central Federal Highway Administration in cooperation with the NPS will rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 23 miles of road and pullouts in Arches National Park. The project also includes: construction of turnarounds at Windows and Devils Garden loop roads; removal and replacement of railing at Courthouse Wash Bridge; drainage work near the entrance station, and construction of an additional entrance lane for pass holders and possible future shuttle bus operations.
The project will occur in two phases. The first phase is scheduled to start this October on the Devils Garden Loop road. Parking will be expanded and reconfigured and a turnaround constructed. The loop road will also be resurfaced. It is anticipated that this work will take 1-2 months in the winter and 1-2 months in the spring to complete. The second phase will start in 2016 and will require two summer construction seasons to complete.
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