Abel Street Infrastructure Improvements Project/Channel Repair


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Milpitas
Document Title
Abel Street Infrastructure Improvements Project/Channel Repair
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Approximately 1,300 linear feet of the eastern channel bank of Lower Penitencia Creek has experienced extensive erosion, which has undermined the existing sidewalk and some infrastructure along Abel Street between the Elmwood access driveway and Great Mall Parkway. The City is proposing to repair the channel by stepping the bank and adding a soil/rock mixture to the slope to rebuild it to its original dimensions and cross section. The proposed repairs would consist of no impact to the channel itself and will be completed within a three-month timeframe. The majority of the work will be done from the adjacent roadway above the channel bank and will occur during the regulatory agencies approved timeframe. The purpose of the proposed project is to restore the eastern channel bank to its original grade and elevations. The newly constructed and engineered bank would convey the flood flows, resulting in as appropriate vegetated bank capable of resisting further erosion. The stabilization of the creek bank would enable the reconstruction of the sidewalk, roadway and utilities that are within the City's transportation right-of-way. The project would also eliminate risks to pedestrian and vehicular traffic from potentially falling into the creek.

Contact Information

Tom Yousch
Agency Name
City of Milpitas
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Santa Clara

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of the reconstruction of the eastern channel bank of Lower Penitencia Creek at substantially the same capacity and at the same location for the same purpose. Therefore, the project is exempt from the requirement of CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15302, Replacement or Reconstruction which consists of the "...replacement or reconstruction of existing structure and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced..."

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