Mono Lake Avalanche Emergency Repair


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Department of Transportation, District 9 (DOT)
Document Title
Mono Lake Avalanche Emergency Repair
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This Caltrans Emergency Project was conducted to address damage from a series of avalanches that carried debris from the hillside affected by the 2016 Marina Fire on U.S. 395 along Mono Lake, between Lee Vining and Mono City. The communities of Mono City, Virginia Creek, Bridgeport, Pickle Meadows, and Bridgeport Indian Colony were without power for varying lengths of time due to damaged Southern California Edison infrastructure that was damaged by numerous avalanche slides in the area during heavy winter storms. Essential public and emergency services were not able to access these communities via US 395 due to avalanche slides to the north and south of these communities. Work involved the removal and disposal of snow/avalanche slide debris, and repair of damaged highway appurtenances including guardrail, pavement, rock fencing, k-rail, signs, etc., as necessary to restore the highway to pre-slide conditions.

Contact Information

Lauren Breitenbach
Agency Name
California Department of Transportation
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Northern California
Cross Streets
Along U.S. 395 Between Lee Vining and Mono City
State Highways
Other Location Info
09-MNO-395 PM/PM: 53.0/53.5 Coordinates: 37.975913, -119.134925 / 37.972096, -119.112788

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Emergency Project
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4); 15269(b)(c)
Reasons for Exemption
The project qualifies as an Emergency Project as defined by: PRC 21080[b]; 14 CCR 15269 (b).
County Clerk


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