Sir Francis Drake Blvd Road Improvements
Marin County was awarded $15 million in federal funds through the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) for improvements to approximately 12 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes National Seashore (the Seashore) in Marin County. As part of the FLAP requirements, the County of Marin is also contributing approximately $2 million in additional local funds. The FLAP is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). FHWA, in cooperation with Marin County and the National Park Service (NPS), is initiating a planning and environmental review process in conformance with both the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As the first step in outreach for this planning process, the FHWA will conduct public scoping to determine issues and alternatives that should be addressed in the Environmental Assessment (EA)/Initial Study (IS) to be prepared for the proposed improvements.
Pavement along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in the Seashore is deteriorating and badly oxidized, heavily patched, lacks shoulder support, and some sections have significant cracking and edge damage. Seasonal flooding of the creek near Schooner Bay can close the road to traffic for several days; the tributary channel adjacent to the roadway has aggraded and is now nearly at the same elevation as the road.
The purposes of the proposed improvements are:
> to restore the structural integrity of the road,
> enhance safety for all users, and
> reduce ongoing maintenance requirements.
The proposed improvements include:
> new asphalt pavement,
> new striping and signs,
> replacement of two cattle under-crossings,
> replacement of cross culverts,
> raising and realigning the short segment of road near Schooner Bay to help prevent annual flooding and minimize wetland impacts, and
> implementation of other safety features to meet current design standards.
The public scoping period is open until August 30, 2014. Project staff would like to hear your perspective on specific problems along the road, ideas for alternatives that should be considered, as well as your concerns or questions about the project that should be addressed in the forthcoming EA/IS. To submit scoping comments, select "Open for Comment" on the list to the left and select "Sir Francis Drake Boulevard Improvements Scoping Anouncement" and follow the directions for commenting.
Please note that the proposed road improvements to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard within Seashore is a separate planning process from another concurrent FHWA roadway improvement project also underway within the Seashore targeting improvements to park roads including Limantour Road, Chimney Rock Road, and Lighthouse Road. Scoping for the Point Reyes Road Maintenance and Improvement Projects has been completed and an EA addressing potential project environmental impacts will be released in July 2014 for public review.
A public scoping meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters located at 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station.
John A. Dell'Osso