Permittee proposes to increase wildlife connectivity across SR-118 by increasing access to important wildlife corridors, as well as reducing the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC). Currently, SR-118 acts as a barrier for wildlife movement; the improvement of underpasses along SR-118 will improve the permeability of the road and reduce the number of WVC's.
The Project consists of installation of fencing along SR-118 to prevent wildlife (that are reluctant to use culverts as crossings) from crossing the road directly, and instead funneling wildlife into a safer passage under the bridge at Mejico Creek Bridge as well as Long Canyon Creek. Improvements also consist of construction of ramps which allow wildlife to scale the high ledges under culverts, which have proved to be barriers for wildlife crossing at the Wailing Siren, Long Canyon, La Cumbre, and North Street culverts.
Class 4 exemption, project includes conditions required during project implementation to ensure biological resources are not impacted. Project will enhance wildlife passage under SR-118 and will reduce potential vehicle collisions with wildlife.