Soda Creek Wall


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT)
Document Title
Soda Creek Wall
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to make repairs along SR 253 in Mendocino County from PM 1.7 to PM 2.5. The scope of work includes stabilizing a failing slope via a soldier pile ground anchor retaining wall, roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, stabilization of a through cut with RSP buttressing, and construction of a debris wall. This project is an FHWA Emergency Relief project that resulted from damage incurred from the storm event that began on February 12, 2019 and is included in a Proclamation of a State of Emergency signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on February 21, 2019. During the storm event, highly saturated conditions prompted movement of the roadway prism and offset cracking crossing both lanes at each end of the prism slip, resulting in the need for roadway restoration and permanent stabilization. The work proposed by this project will decrease the risk of loss of roadway due to embankment failure within the roadway prism. All work is within the operational right-of-way. The purpose of this project is to restore the roadway to pre-storm-damage conditions, stabilize the failing slope to reduce the risk of future damage and loss of a rural minor arterial route, to improve safety, and to improve the resilience of the highway. Slope stabilization and restoration of the roadway at this location is necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public, as SR 253 is a primary transportation route in the County.

Contact Information

Rajpreet Bihala
Agency Name
CA Dept of Transportation
Job Title
Associate Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Countywide, Northern California
State Highways
SR 253
Other Location Info
State Route (SR) 253 between postmile (PM) 1.7 and 2.5 in Mendocino County

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301; Existing Facilities
Reasons for Exemption
The project meets 15301 criteria consisting of "...the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use."
County Clerk


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