The proposed project includes repair of the Kelly Grade portion of Marshes Flat road, which was damaged from a storm event in January of 2017. The cut slope above the roadway has slipped down onto the road, leaving a pile of large boulders blocking the roadway. A swath of other soil and rock debris covers the 20 foot width of the roadway, extending approximately 100 yards below the slide location. Approximately 70 lineal feet of the roadway embankment, which stabilizes the roadway, has slipped, taking with it part of the paved traveled lane. The proposed project includes the stabilization and reconstruction of the damaged roadway.
After reviewing the project and its setting, the Environmental Coordinator for the County of Tuolumne has determined that the project is exempt from review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15269 and Section 15301 of the State CEQA Guidelines. Emergency repair and restoration projects are statutorily exempt, as defined in Section 15269 and the repair of Marshes Flat Road, an existing roadway facility, is categorically exempt as defined in Section 15301.