By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (Information and Press Release):
Picture: California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (Project Map Contribute):
Colorado River Tri-State: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), in cooperation with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), proposes to replace the Colorado River Bridge (California BR. No. 54-0415, Arizona Bridge No. 957) spanning the California (Needles, California) and Arizona (Topock, Arizona) state line on Interstate 40 (I-40).
The purpose of the project is to improve the safety and integrity of the bridge by addressing deck deterioration and strengthening the girders to increase the load rating to accommodate all permitted vehicle traffic.
The three Build Alternatives under consideration would either replace the bridge north, south, or on the existing bridge alignment, in addition to a No-Build Alternative.
It is expected that the safety of the traveling public would be enhanced by introducing standard lane and shoulder widths, a standard median barrier, and a standard bridge railing system.
Caltrans is conducting environmental analysis of this project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Caltrans will be the lead agency for the proposed project under CEQA and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will be the lead agency for the project under NEPA. Caltrans has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be the most appropriate level of environmental document under CEQA. An Environmental Assessment (EA) is anticipated to result in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and will be prepared under NEPA. Therefore, a joint EIR/EA is anticipated to be prepared.
Caltrans has initiated a public review period under CEQA and will be holding a public scoping meeting/webinar to provide an overview of the project, present a summary of the environmental process and issues addressed, and to request input regarding environmental issues and the suggested scope and content of the EIR/EA. This notice is being provided in compliance with CEQA scoping requirements for an EIR and is being provided as a courtesy under NEPA, which does not require formal scoping when an EA is the appropriate class of action.
*** Project facts Sheet: ***
*** Public Scoping Meeting and Webinar: ***
Caltrans will be hosting a virtual scoping meeting/webinar on November 18, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Please register to attend in advance of the meeting by clicking here. The webinar can be accessed on the day of the meeting using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/i40Webinar
You can also participate via phone by dialing (877) 309-2071, Access Code: 824-314-702. Spanish translation services will be provided during the webinar by dialing in via phone to (312) 757-3121, Access Code: 414-598-405.
*** Submit Comments: ***
Caltrans filed a CEQA Notice of Preparation (NOP) with the State Clearinghouse on November 3, 2020. The NOP contains information about the project scope, purpose and need, and planned environmental studies. The NOP can be viewed here.
Do you have any comments about processing the project with an EIR/EA? Do you have any questions or suggestions regarding the scope of the proposed project? Would you care to make any other comments on the project? We would like to hear what you think. Please submit your comments in the comment section during the virtual webinar or in writing to the following address no later than December 2, 2020 to:
California Department of Transportation
ATTN: Gabrielle Duff, Senior Environmental Planner
464 West 4th Street, 6th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92401-1400;
or via email to D8.0R380.ColoradoRiverBridge.Comments@dot.ca.gov.
Please include “I-40 Colorado River Bridge Replacement Project” in the subject line.
For more information about this study or project, contact the Caltrans District 8 Office of Public Affairs at: 1 (909) 383-4631 or you can go onto online at: https://www.i40coloradoriverbridge.com/
For individuals with sensory disabilities, this document can be made available in Braille, in large print, on audio cassette, or on computer disk. To obtain a copy in one of these alternate formats, call or write to Terri Kasinga, Chief, Public and Media Affairs, 464 W. 4th Street, 6th Floor, San Bernardino, CA 92401; (909) 383-4646; or use the California Relay Service 1 (800) 735-2929 (TTY to Voice), 1 (800) 735-2922 (Voice to TTY), 1 (800) 854-7784 (Spanish and English Speech to Speech), or dial 711.