Capitol Reef National Park Accepting Comments on a Proposal to Rehabilitate and Resurface the Scenic Drive
Contact: Dave Worthington, 435-425-3791 x145
Capitol Reef National Park, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, is making available for public review an Environmental Assessment of a proposal to rehabilitate and resurface eight miles of the Scenic Drive roadway from the intersection with Utah State Route 24 and the parking lot for Capitol Gorge.
The proposal is needed because the roadway surface has deteriorated with signs of shoving and rutting, as well as deteriorated pavement edges, potholes, and bleeding and cracking failures. The roadway would be rehabilitated and repaved with asphalt pavement or with chip-seal throughout its 8-mile length. From the intersection with State Route 24 (near the park Visitor Center) to the park fee station (1.7 miles), the existing pavement on the road would be pulverized and the roadway would be paved with asphalt. Between the fee station and the Capitol Gorge parking area (6.3 miles) the existing chip-seal pavement would be pulverized, and the roadway would be paved with a double chip-seal overlay.
Existing concrete low water crossings would be repaired or replaced in kind as needed. Cut and fill slope erosion and slumping along the roadway would also be repaired as needed. The Capitol Gorge parking area would be paved with asphalt pavement. Some existing minor parking areas and pullouts would be reconstructed and formalized. Vegetated areas disturbed by construction activities would be planted with native plants and seeds. Damaged and deteriorating culverts (historic and non-historic) would be repaired and/or reconstructed, and new culverts would be installed where needed.
The Environmental Assessment will be on review for 30 days. Copies are available for review at the Richfield Library, Richfield, Utah, the Tri-County Library in Bicknell, Utah, and at the park library at Capitol Reef National Park, Utah. An electronic copy of the EA is available at the NPS public comment site, http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments should be submitted to the site by March 19, 2010. You may also send comments to:
Capitol Reef National Park
HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, UT 84775
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Did You Know?
The geology of the Waterpocket Fold created conditions which allowed unique plant species to evolve here. A total of 887 plant species occur in the park many of which have very restricted distributions, occuring on specific geologic formations, soils, slopes, or elevation or precipitation ranges.