SCRRA Replacement of the San Juan Creek Bridge on the Orange County Line

Summary

SCH Number
2017058139
Lead Agency
Southern California Regional Rail Authority
Document Title
SCRRA Replacement of the San Juan Creek Bridge on the Orange County Line
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
The purpose of the proposed bridge replacement project is to replace the existing single track bridge over San Juan Creek with a new single track bridge to increase safety and reduce maintenance needs by increasing the load rating and the foundation depths. The new bridge will be constructed next to the existing bridge in order to maintain service on the existing bridge until the new bridge is in place; as a result a new single track bridge over the Vereda bike path is also required. In In addition to the new San Juan Creek Bridge and bike path bridge, the following will require modifications; the siding track, a set-out track, communications and signal systems, and other support infrastructure located within the project right-of-way as required. The existing bridge will be removed and the substructure for a future second bridge across the San Juan Creek channel will be constructed.

Contact Information
Darrell Maxey
Southern California Regional Rail Authority
One Gateway Plaza, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(909)451-2343

Location

Cities
San Juan Capistrano
Counties
Orange
State Highways
I-5
Railways
Metrolink/Southern California
Other Location Info
The existing San Juan Creek Bridge is located in the City of San Juan Capistrano near the Camino Capistrano exit of the Interstate 5 (I-5) freeway at Mile Post (MP) 197.9 on the Orange Subdivision. The bridge is within the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) right-of-way and is operated and maintained by Metrolink/Southern California Regional Rail Authority. The Orange Subdivision corridor is utilized by Metrolink, Amtrak, and BNSF trains.
Other Information
Regional Rail Authority, Amtrak, BNSF trains

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
S: 21080(b)(10); 15275(a))
Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of Statutory Exemptions for actions that have been deemed by the State Legislature to be exempt from the California Environment Quality Act (CEQA). The proposed replacement of the San Juan Creek railroad bridge has been determined to qualify for a Statutory Exemption under Paragraph 21080(b)(10) CEQA the statute and the State CEQA Guidelines, Section 15275(a). Replacement of the existing San Juan Creek rail bridge will enhance safety of future rail operations. The proposed installation of the new bridge, second bridge foundation, and supporting infrastructure and continued operation of passenger trains as part of the Metrolink System along the Orange County Subdivision have been determined to not fall under the jurisdiction of CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines because these improvements will support mass transit passenger train operations conducted by Metrolink. Therefore, this action qualifies with the requirements for a Statutory Exemption, under Paragraph 21080(b)(10) of the CEQZA statute.
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