Amarjeet Benipal: More discussion on tap for Highway 174 safety project in Nevada, Placer counties
Amarjeet S. Benipal
On Highway 174, there have been a number of collisions in the area between Peardale and Bear River Pines which raised concerns and triggered Caltrans to begin studies for a highway improvement safety project.
When Caltrans District 3 staff investigated the roadway and collision data, it was evident there was enough justification to begin planning for a critical safety project.
Caltrans Traffic Safety Engineers and Design Engineers have gone to work, developing several initial options of improving the roadway to increase motorist safety. At the project’s well-attended open house in Peardale on May 7, Caltrans shared these preliminary options.
The valuable community feedback we have received is being considered as the project’s planning and design process moves forward.
The next step in the project planning process is to gain information about the roadway itself and the adjacent properties to better understand any potential impacts of the project to the surrounding community and environment.
Over this past spring and summer, many property owners along Highway 174 received letters from Caltrans asking permission to perform the necessary topographical surveys and environmental studies.
Information regarding natural drainages, driveway locations, historical artifacts and habitat for plants and animals, for example, will be combined with roadway design standards and public input to produce a draft environmental report. This report will be available for public review and comment in the spring of 2016.
Caltrans looks forward to a robust discussion of the report’s findings.
Caltrans District 3 is very appreciative of all those who over the past months have generously allowed Caltrans staff scheduled access to perform the required surveys and studies.
Caltrans looks forward to further discussion to address public concerns and minimize impacts to resources and properties as we move towards increasing motorist safety on Highway 174.
Amarjeet S. Benipal is Caltrans District 3 director.
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