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Contact: Rich Weideman, (415) 561-4730
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) Acting Superintendent Frank Dean announces the availability of the Record of Decision for the Marin Headlands and Fort Baker Transportation Infrastructure and Management Plan. The Record of Decision (ROD) completes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance process for this important multi-modal transportation project.
The ROD allows for GGNRA to begin implementing the selected actions outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS). Implementing the actions in the selected alternative will: fix paved roads that have crumbling pavement and failing culverts; widen most roads to better handle shared bicycle and automobile use; improve trail conditions and make them more sustainable and efficient; redesign intersections and parking areas to address erosion, and unsafe conditions; increase transit; and provide better wayfinding for visitors.
This project “is necessary and overdue. For our visitors, park partners, and park employees who frequent this area, these improvements will make their journey more safe and enjoyable” says Acting Superintendent Frank Dean. “These historic roads, built by the military, were not designed to accommodate the present traffic volumes and diverse types of traffic that currently use the roads”.
The roads, built by the Army between the 1870’s and 1940’s, have not been rehabilitated for over 30 years. In addition to rehabilitating the roadways and infrastructure the plan comprehensively improves access to and within the Marin Headlands and Fort Baker areas of the park for a variety of users including hikers and bicyclists.
The project is scheduled to begin construction with the first phase (Conzelman, McCullough, East, and Field Roads) in spring 2010. Other phases will occur over four or more years as funding becomes available. The road improvements are funded by the Federal Highway Administration in a special appropriation designed for highways located on federal lands. The estimated cost for the road rehabilitation is approximately $27 million. Short-term road closures may occur during construction.
To learn more about the project or to view the Record of Decision please visit https://parkplanning.nps.gov/goga. Questions regarding the project can be directed to Rich Weideman at 415-561-4730 or email@example.com.