Kern 204 Emergency Bridge Repair


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT)
Document Title
Kern 204 Emergency Bridge Repair
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The purpose and need of this Director’s Order were to repair State Route 204 after a sinkhole event preventing the loss or impairment of life, health, property, and essential services. On July 21, 2021, Caltrans Maintenance discovered a severe settlement (sinkhole) occurring on the northbound lane at Bridge 50-0208, post mile 5.5 on State Route 204 in Kern County. The sinkhole collapsed and Caltrans closed both directions of State Route 204 from the Buck Owens off ramp to F Street. As a temporary fix, Caltrans Maintenance removed 4’ x 4’ of the failed and unstable material, placed aggregate base material and capped it with 4” of cold mix asphalt on the north and southbound lanes, allowing traffic to resume until emergency repairs could be made. As a permanent fix, a Contractor excavated the material, backfilled and compacted the areas, then capped it with a 6” layer of hot mix asphalt in the north and southbound lanes. Slope repairs under the bridge abutment No. 6 were performed to address damage caused by unsheltered encampments.

Contact Information

William G. Norris, III, Senior Environmental Planner
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation
Job Title
Senior Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
SR 204 at post mile 5.5, near Bridge 50-0208
State Highways
SR 204

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
This emergency project was completed to repair the roadway to prevent the loss or impairment of life, health, property, and essential services to the community.


Notice of Exemption

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