Monday, Aug 8, 2005
Lassen Volcanic National Park News Release
August 5, 2005 For Immediate Release Marilyn H. Parris (530) 595-4444, ext. 5101
Environmental Assessment for Lassen Volcanic National Park Repave and Rehabilitate the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway
Lassen Volcanic National Park has prepared an Environmental Assessment for the Repair and Rehabilitation of a portion of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway, which is now available for review and comment.
A portion of the roadway in the Park underwent rehabilitation in 2002-2003. That project was described in the Environmental Assessment: Repair and Rehabilitate Main Park Road and Manzanita Lake Campground Entrance Road August 2001. It consisted of the repair of 7.9 miles of the main park road, beginning at the south entrance, and 0.6 miles of the road beginning at the north entrance.
In the preferred alternative, described in this Environmental Assessment, the National Park Service would complete the rehabilitation of the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway (remainder of the main park road), a distance of about 21.7 miles. Project work would also include repair and rehabilitation of the campground loop roads at Manzanita Lake, Crags Campground, Lost Creek Campground, and North and South Summit Lake Campgrounds. Rehabilitation would begin at the end of the previous rehabilitation project, just north of the Bumpass Hell Parking Area, and would extend northward to where the first project concluded at the Manzanita Lake Campground Entrance Road. Like the former project, the preferred alternative would include repaving and rehabilitation of numerous areas along the route, including spur roads providing access to campgrounds and picnic areas, and pullouts.
Due to funding uncertainties, this project may be split into two phases that would be constructed two to three years apart, each phase requiring approximately 1-1/2 summer seasons to complete. The first phase would likely begin in summer of 2006 or 2007.
This project would be designed and administered by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the National Park Service, Lassen Volcanic National Park.
The park is soliciting public input and comments on this important proposed project. To request a copy of the Environmental Assessment, please contact the Superintendent, Lassen Volcanic National Park, P.O. Box 100, Mineral, CA 96063, or call 1-530-595-4444, ext. 5101 or for TDD at (530)595-3480, Monday through Friday, except holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This environmental assessment may also be viewed on the Parks web site at www.nps.gov/lavo/managmentdocuments. The review period for this document will end on September 8, 2005. All review comments must be received by that time and should be sent to the Superintendent at the above address or e-mail us at: LAVO_Planning@nps.gov.