Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program Environmental Impact Report and Environmental Assessment is Approved

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission is pleased to announce a big milestone for the Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program. The final Tier I/II Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for Highway 1, prepared in cooperation with Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration, has been completed and approved.

This environmental document provides California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act approval for the Tier I planning-level vision for the corridor, the Tier I HOV Lane Project, as well as the first Tier II Auxiliary Lanes Project between Soquel Avenue/Drive and 41st Avenue, including the bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing at Chanticleer Avenue.

Earlier this year, Measure D funds were used to advance the final design phase of the Highway 1 Auxiliary Lanes project between 41st Avenue and Soquel Avenue/Drive, including the bicycle and pedestrian Overcrossing at Chanticleer Avenue, saving six to eight months on the overall schedule.

For environmental analysis, the Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program was divided into two components – Tier I (planning-level) and Tier II (project-level). Tier I evaluates the overall planning-level concept for the future of the Highway 1 corridor between Santa Cruz and Aptos while Tier II evaluates specific projects in the program. The Tier I planning concept for the corridor would be built over time through a series of smaller, incremental Tier II projects.

The Tiered nature of the Highway 1 program allows for informed decisions at the project level by using the evaluation of components of the full program at the planning level. The completion of the combined EIR/EA will allow Tier II projects, such as the Mar Vista Bicycle and Pedestrian overcrossing and auxiliary lanes between Bay Avenue/Porter Street and State Park Drive, to move forward.

The Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program is a planning and funding program focused on the section of Highway 1 between San Andreas/Larkin Valley Road and Morrissey Boulevard. The long-term concept of the Tier I project is to reduce congestion, promote the use of alternative transportation modes as a way to increase transportation system capacity, and to encourage carpooling and ridesharing.

For more information on the Highway 1 Corridor Investment Program, visit https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy1corridor/.