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Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway Realignment in California and Nevada

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American Government

Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway Realignment in California and Nevada

Tashia J. Clemons
Federal Highway Administration
23 August 2019

[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 164 (Friday, August 23, 2019)]
[Pages 44349-44350]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-18224]



Federal Highway Administration

Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway 
Realignment in California and Nevada

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of limitation on claims for Judicial review of actions 
by FHWA.


SUMMARY: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is issuing this 
notice to announce actions taken by FHWA that are final. This notice 
announces to the public that FHWA, as the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA) lead agency, circulated a Final Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) and Section De Minimis Determination (October 19, 2018) 
for the US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project (project) 
and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) (August 2, 2019). The actions 
relate to a proposed highway realignment project on US Highway 50 (US 
50) in the City of South Lake Tahoe, California and Stateline, Nevada.
    The project would realign US 50 in the Stateline casino corridor 
area (postmile 79.00 to postmile 80.44) and convert the existing US 50 
roadway, between a location southwest of Pioneer Trail in the City of 
South Lake Tahoe, California and Lake Parkway in Stateline, Nevada, 
into a two[hyphen]lane local street (one travel lane in each 
direction). Realigned US 50 would be four lanes (two travel lanes in 
each direction) with left-turn pockets at intersections; it would begin 
at a relocated Pioneer Trail intersection to the west of the existing 
intersection, and proceed south along existing Moss and Echo Roads. The 
realigned highway would then turn east onto the Montreal Road 
alignment, passing behind (southeast of) the Heavenly Village Center 
shopping complex, and continuing along the existing Montreal Road and 
Lake Parkway alignments. The proposed action includes a new, two-lane 
roundabout at the intersection of US 50 and Lake Parkway in Stateline, 
Nevada. The affected segment of existing US 50 is approximately 1.1 
miles long.
    The existing right-of-way of the segment of US 50 between Pioneer 
Trail and Lake Parkway--the new ``Main Street''--would be relinquished 
to the City of South Lake Tahoe in California, and Douglas County in 
Nevada. Realigned US 50 would become California Department of 
Transportation (Caltrans) and Nevada Department of Transportation 
(NDOT) right-of-way.
    Between Park Avenue and Lake Parkway, the new ``Main Street'' would

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be reduced to one travel lane in each direction, with landscaped 
medians, and turn pockets at major intersections and driveways. 
Expanded sidewalks, a Class IV bicycle route (i.e., cycle track), and a 
transit circulator are proposed to be implemented in this section 
within the tourist core to improve pedestrian safety and encourage use 
of alternative transportation modes. A pedestrian bridge would be 
constructed over realigned US 50 approximately 250 feet south of the 
proposed new intersection at the Harrah's entrance driveway near the 
California/Nevada state line connecting Van Sickle Bi-State Park to the 
Stateline area.
    The proposed action would result in displacing residents and would 
construct replacement housing for those residents before removing 
existing housing and constructing the roadway improvements in 
California so that residents displaced by the project may be relocated 
to the newly constructed housing if they so choose during the 
relocation process.
    The action taken by FHWA includes approval of 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 __. 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 FHWA: Scott McHenry, Sr. Transportation Engineer, Project 
Delivery Team, Federal Highway Administration, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 
4-100, Sacramento, California 95814, (916) 498-5854, or email: 
scott.mchenry@dot.gov. For Caltrans: Laura Loeffler, Senior 
Environmental Planner, California Department of Transportation, 703 B 
Street, P.O. Box 911, Marysville, California 95901, (530) 741-4592, or 
email: laura.loeffler@dot.ca.gov.
    For NDOT: Nick Johnson, Chief, Project Management Division, Nevada 
Department of Transportation, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, 
Nevada 89712, (775) 888-7318, or email: njohnson@dot.state.nv.us.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/
EIS/EIS is a joint document prepared by the Tahoe Transportation 
District (TTD), Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), and FHWA and is 
subject to state and federal environmental review requirements. FHWA, 
TTD, and TRPA jointly prepared the Final EIR/EIS/EIS pursuant to the 
requirements of NEPA, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), 
and the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact (Pub. L. 96-551) and 1980 
revision (Compact), Code of Ordinances, and Rules of Procedure. TTD is 
the lead agency under CEQA. FHWA is the lead agency under NEPA. TRPA is 
the lead agency for the TRPA EIS pursuant to their Rules of Procedure.
    The project proposes to realign US 50 to the southeast of existing 
US 50 from just west of the Pioneer Trail intersection in California to 
Lake Parkway in Nevada; reduce the existing right-of-way of the segment 
of US 50 between Pioneer Trail and Lake Parkway--the new ``Main 
Street''--to one travel lane in each direction, with landscaped 
medians, and new and/or upgraded bicycle lanes and sidewalks throughout 
the project site; and construct replacement housing for dislocated 
residents in the immediate vicinity.
    The actions taken by the Federal agencies, and the laws under which 
such actions were taken, are described in the Final EIR/EIS/EIS for the 
project, approved on November 9, 2018 by the TTD Board and on November 
15, 2018 by the TRPA Governing Board of Directors, and in the FHWA 
Record of Decision (ROD), issued on August 2, 2019, and in other 
documents in the FHWA project records. The Final EIR/EIS/EIS and other 
project records are available by contacting FHWA, at the address 
provided above. The FHWA Final EIR/EIS/EIS can be viewed and downloaded 
from the project website at: https://www.tahoetransportation.org/us50. 
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, 
included 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 
    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 
    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 

(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.)

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

    Issued on: August 19, 2019.
Tashia J. Clemons,
Director, Planning and Environment Team, Federal Highway 
Administration, Sacramento, California.
[FR Doc. 2019-18224 Filed 8-22-19; 8:45 am]

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