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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: March 14, 2013
Release No.: 2013-11
Contact: Michael Boyles 702-293-8978
NPS RELEASES ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR REHABILITATION OF KATHERINE LANDING ACCESS ROAD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The National Park Service is seeking public comment for an environmental assessment related to the rehabilitation of the Katherine Landing Access Road within Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
This 3.8-mile road is located approximately one mile north of Bullhead City, Ariz. Rehabilitation, reconstruction and resurfacing are proposed from the road's intersection with Davis Dam Road to the boat launch ramp at Katherine Landing Marina on Lake Mohave.
The park service completed an assessment to analyze the effects of alternative methods of completing the project because the existing road suffers from poor pavement conditions, narrow travel lanes, rockfall hazards, inadequate drainage and heavy traffic volumes. Rehabilitation of the road would alleviate these problems, improving safety and offering a more desirable visitor experience.
The assessment describes three alternatives. Under alternative A, no action would be taken. Alternative B would widen the 24-foot wide road to 28 feet with two 12-foot wide travel lanes and 2-foot wide paved shoulders, resulting in nine vehicle pullout areas. Alternative C would widen the road to 32 feet with two 12-foot wide travel lanes and 4-foot wide paved shoulders. This alternative would result in eight vehicle pullout areas.
All other improvements would be common to both action alternatives, including realignment of the Davis Dam Road and Katherine Landing Access Road intersection, other Katherine Landing Access Road improvements, parking area improvements and drainage improvements.
The document is available online for review at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/lake, and comments may be submitted electronically. The document is also available on the park website and at area libraries. Written comments may be submitted to Lake Mead NRA, Attn: Compliance Office, 601 Nevada Way, Boulder City, Nev., 89005.
Comments must be received by April 18, 2013. Commenters should be aware that their entire comment, including personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While commenters can ask that their personal identifying information be withheld from public review, the National Park Service cannot guarantee that this will be possible.