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Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in California

Maiser Khaled
Federal Highway Administration
7 March 2019


[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 45 (Thursday, March 7, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8391-8392]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-04130]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Highway Administration


Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in 
California

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions 
by FHWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this 
notice to announce actions taken by FHWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service that are final. This notice announces to the public that FHWA, 
as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) lead agency, has 
prepared and approved (December 17, 2018) a Final Environmental 
Assessment (EA) with a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). The 
actions relate to a proposed highway project in Santa Cruz County, 
California. The actions taken by FHWA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service grant licenses, permits, and approvals for the project.

DATES: By this notice, the FHWA, is advising the public of final agency 
actions subject to 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1). A claim seeking judicial review 
of the Federal agency actions on the highway project will be barred 
unless the claim is filed on or before August 5, 2019. If the Federal 
law that authorizes judicial review of a claim provides a time period 
of less than 150 days for filing such claim, then that shorter time 
period still applies.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    For FHWA: David Tedrick, Senior Environmental Specialist, Federal 
Highway Administration, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 4-100, Sacramento, CA 
95814, (916) 498-5024, or email: david.tedrick@dot.gov.
    For Caltrans: Lara Bertaina, Senior Environmental Planner, 
California Department of Transportation, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis 
Obispo, CA 93401, phone: (805) 542-4610, or email: 
lara.bertaina@dot.ca.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The overall project (Tier I), which would be 
built as a series of smaller ``tiered'' projects, spans approximately 
8.9 miles along State Route (SR) 1 starting approximately 0.4 mile 
south of the San Andreas-Larkin Valley Road interchange and ending 0.3 
mile north of the Morrissey Boulevard interchange (postmile [PM] 7.3 to 
PM 16.2) and the Tier II project (project), a 1.4-mile segment of the 
Tier I project located between the 41st Avenue and Soquel Drive/Soquel 
Avenue interchanges (PM 3.5 to PM 14.9). The project is located outside 
coastal zone jurisdiction. The Santa Cruz County Regional 
Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) is proposing to widen SR 1 by adding 
an auxiliary lane to both northbound and southbound sides between the 
41st Avenue and Soquel Drive interchanges. The new auxiliary lanes 
would be 12 feet wide. In the northbound direction, the project 
proposes to pave a 10-foot-wide median shoulder and widen the roadway 
to the outside in order to add the 12-foot-wide auxiliary lane and a 
new 10-foot-wide shoulder. In the southbound direction, the width 
needed for the new lane would be added in the median, and the median 
barrier would be shifted approximately five feet toward the northbound 
side of the freeway to make room for the new lane and a standard 10-
foot-wide shoulder. Where the new southbound lane meets the existing 
ramps, outside shoulder widening would occur to achieve standard 10-
foot-wide shoulders. The project would also include the construction of 
required retaining walls and a pedestrian/bicycle overcrossing at 
Chanticleer Avenue. The Final Tier I/Tier II Environmental Assessment 
(EA)/Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is a joint project by Caltrans, 
the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Santa Cruz County 
Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) and is subject to state and 
federal environmental review requirements. FHWA and Caltrans jointly 
prepared the Final EA/EIR pursuant to the requirements of the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental 
Quality Act (CEQA). Caltrans is the lead agency under CEQA. The FHWA is 
the lead agency under NEPA.
    The Tier I project proposes to widen approximately 8.9 miles of SR 
1 in order to provide high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, auxiliary 
lanes, pedestrian overcrossings, and related improvements in the County 
of Santa Cruz, State of California. The actions by the Federal 
agencies, and the laws under which such actions were taken, are 
described in the Final EIR/EA for the project, approved on January 3, 
2019, in the FHWA Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), issued on 
December 17, 2018, and in other documents in the FHWA project records. 
The Final EIR/EA, FONSI, and other project records are available by 
contacting FHWA, at the address provided above. The FHWA Final EIR/EA 
and FONSI can be viewed and downloaded from the project website at: 
https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy1corridor/.
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife biological opinion 08EVEN00-2018-F-0421 
is available by contacting FHWA, at the address provided above. This 
notice applies to all Federal agency decisions as of the issuance date 
of this notice and all laws under which such actions were taken, 
including but not limited to:
    1. Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500 et 
seq.; 23 CFR 771);
    2. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321-4351 et 
seq.);
    3. Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1970, 23 U.S.C. 109;
    4. Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015;
    5. Clean Air Act of 1963, as amended (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.);
    6. Clean Water Act of 1977 (33 U.S.C. 1344);
    7. Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (Paleontological 
Resources);
    8. Safe Drinking Water Act of 1944, as amended;
    9. Noise Control Act of 1979 (42 U.S.C. 4901 et seq.);
    10. FHWA Noise Standards, Policies, and Procedures (23 CFR 772);
    11. Department of Transportation Act of 1966, Section 4(f) (49 
U.S.C. 303);
    12. Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543);
    13. Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712);
    14. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 
U.S.C. 306108 et seq.);
    15. Executive Order 11990, Protection of Wetlands;
    16. Executive Order 13112, Invasive Species;
    17. Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental 
Justice and Low-Income Populations;
    18. Title VI of Civil Rights Act 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.), as 
amended.

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Number 20.205, 
Highway Planning and Construction. The regulations implementing 
Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on 
Federal programs and activities apply to this program.)


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    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 139(l)(1).

Maiser Khaled,
Director, Technical Services Team, Federal Highway Administration, 
Sacramento, California .
[FR Doc. 2019-04130 Filed 3-6-19; 8:45 am]
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