SR-39 Reopening Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT)
Document Title
SR-39 Reopening Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
State Route-39 (SR-39) is a two-lane highway connecting the San Gabriel Valley to the Angeles Crest Highway. Caltrans proposes to rehabilitate and reopen a 4.4-mile segment of SR-39 from post mile 40.0 to 44.4, within the Angeles National Forest, in Los Angeles County. The restored connection could be accessible to public highway traffic throughout the year, with seasonal closures during times of inclement weather. This segment of SR-39 has been closed to public highway traffic since 1978 as the roadway is regularly damaged by landslides, flooding, falling rocks, and forest fires. In February 2003, the closed highway was opened to emergency crews after a Caltrans study showed reopening it would not harm wetlands, air and water quality, natural vegetation, or threatened plants and animals. Maintenance activities have included the removal of rocks and debris, the cleaning of drainage culverts, and the erection of a dirt berm. With these past improvements, the roadway is passable, but only open to emergency service vehicles, and it is constricted as it approaches its northerly terminus. The proposed project would reconstruct the 4.4 mile stretch of roadway by installing roadway features to prevent future slides from damaging the roadway by considering five (5) build alternatives and one (1) no-build alternative. Caltrans will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) for the project which will evaluate options for reopening the highway. Caltrans will be the lead agency for the proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) as assigned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Contact Information

Karl Price
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation
Job Title
Senior Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, Citrus, Wrightwood, Covina, Duarte, Glendora, Monrovia
Los Angeles
Southern California
Cross Streets
State Route 39 from PM 40.0 to 44.4
State Highways
State Route 2

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW)
Development Types
Transportation:Highway/Freeway (Reopen a closed segment of SR-39 from PM 40.0 to 44.4)
Local Actions
Draft Environmental Document
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Economics/Jobs, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Public Services, Recreation, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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