Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects at Point Reyes National Seashore
The National Park Service in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration/Central Federal Lands Highway Division proposes to repair 22 miles of road and adjacent parking areas in Point Reyes National Seashore. This program includes four separate road projects: Limantour Road, Lighthouse Road, Chimney Rock Road, and Pavement Preservation on various spur roads and parking areas.
The purpose of the proposed action is to restore the structural integrity of park roads to ensure safe driving conditions for visitors traveling in Point Reyes National Seashore, provide efficient parking space to support demand for recreational access in the park, reduce road-related drainage problems, and reduce long-term road and parking area maintenance needs and costs
The proposed maintenance and improvement activities are needed because the roads and connected parking areas are in very poor condition. They are deteriorating at an accelerated pace and may require vehicle restrictions or closures if not rehabilitated in the near future. These roads were originally unimproved dirt roads that were chip sealed and have never undergone major rehabilitation. The park has carried out partial and temporary repair projects over the years to keep the roads and parking areas operational and to meet the needs of the traveling public. But the roads and parking areas are now at an age where a comprehensive repair project is needed to ensure continued service for decades to come.
Most construction work would be limited to the existing road and parking area prisms and drainage ditches. Work on the culverts, pullouts, and road approaches may disturb vegetation and soil outside the existing roadway. But construction boundaries would be established at these sites to help minimize the size of disturbed areas. Equipment and material staging and storage as well as construction vehicle turnarounds would be confined to the road or parking areas. Construction activities would be scheduled to avoid impacting sensitive species. Other best management practices would also be employed to help avoid or minimize impacts.
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes National Seashore, CA 94956