SR 75/282 City, Caltrans Sign Agreement Moving Tunnel Project to Environmental Phase

Date of Record: 2004-03-17
City, Caltrans Sign Agreement Moving Tunnel Project to Environmental Phasey
Coronado, CA (March 17, 2004) - The City of Coronado has approved a cooperative agreement with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) moving the much"needed Coronado State Route 75/282 tunnel project to the next phase of development.

The next phase, which will take approximately three and a half years to complete, involves the preparation of a Project Report and Environmental Documents (PR/ED), including a Joint Environmental Impact Statement and Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR).

"We are looking forward to working with Caltrans on the environmental phase of the tunnel project, which will help ease traffic congestion throughout the City," said City Manager Mark Ochenduszko. "Caltrans has assembled an excellent team that will provide quality assurance and oversight for the preparation of these critical environmental documents."

The City of Coronado will be the "lead agency" for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and Caltrans will be the liaison to the Federal Highway Administration, which will serve as lead agency on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) portion of the project.

The city has retained the engineering and environmental firm Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade and Douglas, in addition to other tunnel, seismic and environmental specialists, to prepare the Project Report and Environmental Documents. It is anticipated that a Notice to Proceed will be issued within the month.