Pedestrian Infrastructure Improvements

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) District 12 proposes to upgrade the pedestrian facilities (curb ramps, sidewalks and driveways) to comply with current American with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards along northbound (NB) and southbound (SB) State Route 1 (SR-1) also known as Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), between 7th Avenue (PM 5.5) and Ruby Street (PM 7.9), in the City of Laguna Beach, Orange County. The purpose of the project is to remove identified access barriers within the pedestrian path of travel and bring facilities into compliance with Caltrans standards regarding accessibility. The need for the project is due to existing curb ramps and portions of sidewalk, including driveways along SR-1, that are not in compliance with ADA Standards. Proposed work activities include reconstruction of 59 curb ramps, reconstruction of approximately 9,503 linear feet of sidewalk; including driveways, addition of Accessible Pedestrian Signal (APS) systems and countdown heads at five signalized intersections, addition of a one in-roadway lighting system, relocation of 10 signal poles, relocation of 13 street light poles, construction of six retaining walls, modification of nine drainage inlets, relocation of utilities to provide minimum sidewalk clear width, and reconstruction of one island passageway.

This project would result in the Department of Transportation Section 4(f) direct use of Aliso Beach Park through permanent easement/acquisition and temporary construction easements (TCEs). A permanent easement/acquisition of 4,152.34 square feet (0.095 acres) and a TCE of 4,211.83 square feet (0.097 acres) from APN Parcel #056-020-33 will be required. Also, permanent easement/acquisition of 1610.35 square feet (0.037 acres) and a TCE of 1126.94 square feet (0.026 acres) from APN Parcel #056-020-28 will be required.  From this, a total of approximately 0.13 acres of permanent easement/acquisition (permanent easement/acquisition will be used for constructing a sidewalk for access to the beach from the parking areas along Coast Highway; a retaining wall be built along the back of the sidewalksl), and approximately 0.12 acres of TCEs are anticipated from Aliso Beach Park, along southbound SR-1.

In accordance with United States Code 49 USC 303 and 23 USC 138, Caltrans has made a preliminary determination that the action will have a de minimis impact on Aliso Beach Park, a Section 4f resource; as a result, a public notice and opportunity for review and comment is required.

Public Notice

Preliminary De Minimis Section 4f Determination

You are invited to review and comment on Caltran's Preliminary De Minimis Section 4f Determination for the proposed project. The 30-day comment period will begin August 2, 2018, and end on September 1, 2018.

If you have any comments about the proposed project, please contact Bahar Heydari, California Department of Transportation, District 12, Environmental Analysis, 1750 East 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or via e-mail to:

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