Caltrans 10 (Stockton)
(California Department of Transportation, District 10)
West Point Emergency Slop Stabilization
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes an emergency project to repair a portion of a hillside along the westbound side of State Route 26 in rural Calaveras County near West Point. Slip-out approximately 210 feet of downhill slop adjacent to the highway occurred on August 28, 2008. The proposed project would stabilize the slop prior to the winter season, using a combination of soil nails and gunite, in order to prevent further erosion of the embankment and potentially severe damage to the highway. Construction would use state-only funds but would occur on a portion of State highway that is on federal (Bureau of Land Management) land through perspective rights. A Caltrans Director's Order authorizing emergency funding for this project pursuant to Section 10122(a) of the Public Contract Code - Failure or Threat of Failure of Transportation Facility - was approved on September 12, 2008.
It meets the criteria of Section 15269(d) of the CEQA Guidelines: It is an action undertaken by a public agency to maintain and repair an existing highway damaged by landslide; it is being conducted within one year of the damage occurring on land that is within normal right of way limits; it is not on a scenic highway; and it will not expand or widen the highway.