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National Park Service Seeks Comments on Environmental Assessment for the Road Improvement and Maintenance Projects in Point Reyes National Seashore

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Date: July 16, 2014
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135

Point Reyes, CA – Point Reyes National Seashore Superintendent Cicely Muldoon announced today that starting on July 17, 2014, the public is invited to review and comment on the Environmental Assessment for the Road Improvement and Maintenance Projects in Point Reyes National Seashore.

The National Park Service in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proposes to rehabilitate and repave 22 miles of road and adjacent parking areas in Point Reyes National Seashore. The project includes upgrading road and parking surfaces and drainage features, installing new signs, striping the roads and parking areas, downsizing a beach-side parking area, and improving accessibility at two parking areas. Improvements are proposed for Limantour, Chimney Rock, and Lighthouse roads, and pavement preservation treatment proposed other park roadways and parking areas. The purpose of the proposed action is to provide safe driving surfaces for all travelers on national seashore roads, to reduce the possibility of road failures, and to reduce maintenance costs. The National Park Service prepared the Environmental Assessment to evaluate the potential effects of this project on the environment.

The public has the opportunity to comment on the Environmental Assessment until August 18, 2014. The Environmental Assessment is available for review and comment online at the National Park Service park planning website http://parkplanning.nps.gov/poreroadea. Comments may be posted online or sent to:

PRNS Roads EA c/o Superintendent
Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956.

Comments may also be hand delivered to the Seashore Headquarters at 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. Comments should be received before the end of the scoping period. Only written comments or comments submitted through the PEPC website can be accepted.

Comments will not be accepted by FAX, e-mail, or in any manner other than the three methods previously specified. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. Before including a personal address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in written comments, anyone providing written comment should be aware their entire comment—including their personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While anyone wishing to comment may ask the National Park Service in their comment to withhold their personal identifying information from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee it will be able to do so.

There are currently two planning processes underway for road improvements in Point Reyes National Seashore. A second roads improvement project for the portion of Sir Francis Drake within the Seashore, and funded by the FHWA and Marin County, is currently in the public scoping period. A public scoping meeting will be held at the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore on July 22, 2014, from 6 pm to 8 pm. Public scoping for that project is open until August 30, 2014. Information and the link to provide comments for both road improvement projects within the Seashore may be accessed from the NPS park planning website homepage for Point Reyes National Seashore: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/pore.

-NPS-

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