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Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project is Complete

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project

December 2016 - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has recently completed the $5.8 million Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project. The two year project began in 2015.

The project will improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from the steep adjacent slopes onto US Hwy 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7. The project also included a plant establishment program on the six slopes involved to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.

Stage 1 construction was completed in 2015 which addressed slopes 1, 2, 5, and 6. Stage 2 construction encompassed slopes 3 & 4 with the installation of anchored wire mesh.

Also concluded is the $2.2 million emergency construction project that was put in place on July 12, 2016 due to the Marina Fire which started on June 24th and burned 654 acres. The emergency project repaired guardrail and included installing a temporary rockfall fence.

In the vicinity of the Lee Vining Rockfall project, Caltrans began a $2.2 million emergency construction project on July 12, 2016 due to the Marina Fire that started on June 24th and burned 654 acres. The emergency project repaired guardrail and included installing a temporary rockfall fence.

The contractor for both projects was Papich Construction Co. Inc. from Pismo Beach, CA. Construction.

Caltrans would like to extend our appreciation to motorists and residents for their patience and cooperation during the construction of the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.

Marina Fire

Caltrans to begin Emergency Construction Work to Repair Damage from The Marina Fire

July 2016 - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin a $2.2 million emergency construction project on US Hwy 395 near Mono Lake, north of Lee Vining, CA starting Tuesday, July 12, 2016. The project will repair guardrail and install temporary rockfall protection measures due to damage from the Marina Fire.

The Marina fire started on Friday, June 24th and burned 654 acres above Mono Lake. As a result of this wildfire, US Hwy 395 sustained damage.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project set to start Phase I Construction

Lee Vining Rockfall
Lee Vining Rockfall

May 2015 - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is preparing for construction on the Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project.

The project’s purpose is to improve safety for the traveling public by minimizing rocks falling from the steep adjacent slopes onto US Hwy 395 in Mono County, north of Lee Vining near Mono Lake, from postmile 52.3 to 53.7. The project also includes a plant establishment program on the six slopes involved to reduce erosion, establish healthy soil, and promote successful revegetation.

Construction is scheduled to begin on May 4th with the installation of stormwater protection and construction signage. A temporary traffic signal will be installed on May 6th, and traffic will be reduced to one lane with a 24 hour / 7 days a week reversing traffic pattern. This signal system uses video detection to reduce traffic delays to the extent possible.

The traveling public should be prepared for daily lane closures with delays no longer than 20 minutes.

As of May 12th, one hour delays could occur Monday thru Thursday from 6:00 am to 7:00 am. Notices will be posted when exact dates become available for the one hour closures.

The contractor awarded the project is Papich Construction Co. Inc. from Pismo Beach, CA. on March 26, 2015. The contract bid amount was $5,799,999. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2015 or spring of 2016.

Six portable changeable message signs will be used for public notices related to the project.

Lee Vining Rockfall Safety Project Fact Sheet

Project Report with Final Environmental Document

The Project Report and Initial Study with Mitigated Negative Declaration/Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact are complete. The project is now in the Design phase, with construction planned for 2015.

Draft Environmental Studies

We have completed the environmental studies for this project and the results are explained in a report called a Proposed Negative Declaration and Initial Study/Environmental Assessment. If you would like to comment on the findings of the study or make any other comments on the project, please submit your comments in writing between July 27 and September 24, 2012 to CALTRANS, 855 M Street, Suite 200, Fresno, CA 93721, Attention: Scott Smith. Email comments may be sent to scott_smith@dot.ca.gov. We will also have a public hearing/open house on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 at the Lee Vining Community Center, located at 296 Mattly Avenue in Lee Vining.

Public Meeting

Draft Environmental Document

Technical Studies

For More Information Contact

  • Dennee Alcala, Caltrans Project Manager, 760-872-1398
  • Florene Trainor, Caltrans District 9 Public Information Officer, 760-872-0603
  • For general State highway information: 1-800-427-ROAD (7623) or www.dot.ca.gov

 

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