SR-247 Standard Shoulder Construction (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-072-06 (ITP))

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Summary

SCH Number
2012071070
Lead Agency
Caltrans 8 (San Bernardino) (California Department of Transportation, District 8)
Document Title
SR-247 Standard Shoulder Construction (California Endangered Species Act Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2014-072-06 (ITP))
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
6/8/2015
Present Land Use
Rural Living (RL) Resource Conservation (RC) and Agricultural

Document Description
The Project includes upgrading the existing SR-247 by constructing an 8-foot asphalt standard shoulder on each direction of travel along the highway for 10.7 miles. Rumble strips will be installed on the existing and proposed shoulders along the highway. The Project will impact 61.24 acres of pre-disturbed areas; this includes paved roadway, unpaved roadway and unpaved but graded shoulders which are not suitable desert tortoise habitat because they are subject to continuous human disturbance. The proposed project would result in permanent impacts to 1.82 acres of undisturbed vegetation that is suitable for desert tortoise. The Project activities may include; vegetation removal, grading, backfilling, cleanup, restoration, capture, and relocation activities. The original SR-247 was constructed with multiple Arizona crossings as well as one culvert. As part of the Project the one culvert located at 34*20'6.69"N, -116*29'26.77"W will be replaced to fit the widening specifics; there will be no installation of rock slope protection associated with the new culvert. The Project will remove the existing 24" corrugated metal pipe and replace it with a new 24" metal pipe at the culvert location. The existing 27 Arizona crossings will be slightly modified to fit the widening of the road. Locations of the Arizona crossing are described in the Appendix A-Jurisdictional Area of the Natural Environmental Study. The Project will result in impacts to 1.82 acres of desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) habitat. The project is expected to result in incidental take of desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), which is designated as a threatened species under the California Endangered Species Act. The ITP referenced above as issued by CDFW authorizes incidental take of species listed under CESA that may occur as a result of Project implementation.

Contact Information
Heather Weiche
CDFW Inland Desert Region
3602 Inland Empire Blvd Suite C-220
Ontario, CA 91764

Phone : (909) 980-8607

Location

Coordinates
34°22'7.77"N 116°32'5.27"W
Cities
Yucca Valley
Counties
San Bernardino
Cross Streets
Handley Road to 0.1 Miles north of Boone Ave between PM 9.5 and 20.3
State Highways
SR-247
Airports
Palm Springs

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
CDFW
Approving Agency Role
Responsible Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
CDFW Inland Deserts Region, 3602 Inland Empire Blvd, Suite C-220, Ontario, CA 91764

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2b) A Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
N/A
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
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