Yosemite National Park Announces Public Review and Comment Period for Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment
Yosemite National Park is announcing the public comment period for the Glacier Point Road Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment (EA). The EA outlines a range of feasible project alternatives, including a no action alternative, and analyzes the environmental effects of each.
The public review and comment period for the EA will open on June 27, 2007 and will run until July 27, 2007. Written comments must be postmarked no later than July 27, 2007.
Glacier Point Road was identified as a high priority for improvements in the Yosemite Road System Evaluation / Parkwide Road Engineering Study. This project is a proposal to rehabilitate 5.1 miles of Glacier Point Road from Chinquapin Intersection (at Wawona Road) to Badger Pass Ski Area, to correct safety deficiencies, preserve culturally historic features, and improve visitor experience. The road provides the only vehicle access to Glacier Point and Badger Pass, and access to trailheads such as the Panorama Trail, the Pohono Trail, and Taft Point. The project entails repaving, replacing culverts, cleaning and restoring shoulders, and providing designated chain-up areas. Safety improvements at two key intersections (Chinquapin and Badger Pass) would include better signage, designated turn lanes, grade adjustments, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements at visitor use areas. Public scoping for the project occurred in fall 2005.
Two public meetings will take place during the Public Review and Comment Period. The public meeting schedule will be:
Park admission fee will be waived for those attending
Comments can be submitted at public meetings, by mail, fax, email, and through the Planning, Environment, and Public Comment (PEPC) commenting system. A link to project information will be posted on the park's website at www.nps.gov/yose/planning. To request a hard copy or CD ROM version of the EA and to submit written comments:
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