James Creek East Safety Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 1 (DOT)
Document Title
James Creek East Safety Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Document Description
The proposed project would improve safety on a curve on State Route 20 in Mendocino County. The project is being proposed due to a high collision rate at this location. After a 1998 storm event, it is believed that a large landslide caused a shift in the roadway alignment, which resulted in the existing compound curve. A 3-year traffic safety analysis between January 01, 2014 and December 31, 2016 determined that collision rates between post miles 20.08 and 20.3 were 6.8 times the state average for similar facilities. Work would realign the compound curve into a single curve, widen and pave existing shoulders, install a gabion wall, extend an existing culvert, grind and remove existing concrete, place shoulder backing, apply a hot mix asphalt overlay, install centerline and shoulder rumble strips, and restripe the roadway. Geotechnical drilling during the Design phase would determine the final placement of the gabion wall and culvert extension. All project work would occur in the Caltrans right of way. Air Quality, Biological, Cultural, Hazardous Materials, Noise, Visual, and Water Quality reviews have been completed.

Contact Information

Cari Williams
Agency Name
Caltrans District 1
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
CA Department of Transportation, District 1
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Northern California
Cross Streets
SR 20, between Rd 900 and Rd 100
State Highways
State Route 20 PM 20.0-20.3

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Class 1(c): Existing Facilities. The project would not have significant impacts to the environment or cultural or historical properties. Work would take place entirely within existing Caltrans right-of-way to improve safety on the curve.


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