Process & Schedule
The Feasibility Study begun in March 2014 initiated a process that involved scientific and economic analyses to assess the current conditions and develop possible alternatives. The project also included a comprehensive outreach program and public meetings to inform and engage interested parties and provide opportunities for valuable input.
Identifying, planning and constructing an alternative route at Last Chance Grade is a complex and lengthy process. Along with securing stakeholder and community agreement along the way, Caltrans will need to conduct a variety of studies and analyses to support decision making throughout the process.
Here’s a potential timeline that shows the sequence and timing of key project milestones. In the event of a large scale roadway failure at Last Chance Grade the project will become an “emergency project” with an accelerated schedule. The project phases including design, environmental documents, and construction will overlap in order to complete the project and have the road open to the public in 2-8 years.
- Community workshops (Jan)
- Stakeholder Group process (May)
- Final Feasibility Study completed (June)
- Project Study Report refined
- Potential Funding Sources identified
- Permitting process for geotechnical studies initiated
- Project Approval and Environmental Document process initiated (8 years). The process includes:
- Ground surveys
- Botanical studies (2 years)
- Geotechnical studies
- Wetland delineations
- US Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Assessment and Biological Opinion
- National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Biological Assessment and Biological Opinion
- Traffic studies
- Other studies and analysis
- CEQA/NEPA Public Workshops and Comment period
- Design and Permitting Phase
- Construction begins (5-8 years)
- Alternative route open for the public
Below is a detailed project timeline graphic (click on the image to enlarge).
The most current reports and summaries of meetings are updated regularly and are available in the Document Library.