Photo showing current conditions of the slope along Loop Road within Cedar Pass looking south.

Emergency Road Repair-Cedar Pass

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The National Park Service (NPS) at Badlands National Park (the Park) in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Highways Division (PHWA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the emergency repair of Loop Road at Cedar Pass which is a safety risk due to slope failure.

The project area is located approximately 4.5-miles southwest of the Northeast Entrance Station, just west of the Cliff Shelf Trail Parking Lot. The purpose of the proposed project is to perform emergency repairs to the section of Loop Road at Cedar Pass which is showing signs of slope failure. Repairs would: 1) stabilize the embankment, 2) improve site drainage, 3) repave site road surface, 4) minimize the need for on-going road maintenance at this site and 5) minimize impacts to natural and cultural resources.

The emergency road repair is needed to mitigate human health and safety risks as a result of infrastructure failure. Visual and scientific monitoring of the Cliff Shelf Landslide area shows the landslide has remobilized and movement of the pavement has accelerated.

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the NPS has prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate the emergency road repair. The EA addresses the project background, the purpose and need for the proposed actions, a determination of environmental issues and potential impacts resulting from the alternatives considered (including the no action alternative) , and public involvement and agency coordination. Concurrent to the NEPA process, the NPS will conduct consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (NHPA). The NPS plans to consult with the public per 36 CFR 800.3(e) by holding public informational meetings and through its Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website.

Contact Information

Brenda K. Todd, PhD
Acting Superintendent/Deputy Superintendent
Badlands National Park