Public Comment Period on Highway 1 Auxiliary Lane Project Draft Environmental Impact Report Now Open

The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and Caltrans released the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (DEIR/EA) for the proposed Highway 1 Auxiliary Lane Project from State Park to Bay/Porter today. The 45-day public review and comment period is open through Jan. 11, 2021.

The proposed project includes construction of auxiliary lanes, implementation of bus-on-shoulder operations, replacement of the Capitola Avenue overcrossing to include new bicycle/pedestrian facilities, construction of a new bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing at Mar Vista Drive, and installation of sound walls. The DEIR/EA identifies the project’s potential impacts and potential avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures.

A virtual public hearing will be held to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more about the project and submit comments before a final design is selected.

Virtual Public Hearing
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Place: Link to virtual meeting is located at https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy1corridor/bayporter-statepark/

Written comments may also be submitted by mail to Lara Bertaina, Department of Transportation, 50 Higuera Street, San Luis Obispo, CA, or by email to lara.bertaina@dot.ca.gov. All comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2021.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment is available at https://sccrtc.org/projects/streets-highways/hwy1corridor/bayporter-statepark/.