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"North See Vee Signal" is a project at one location in Inyo County, on US 395 (North
Sierra Highway) where the highway intersects with County Road 1059 (See Vee
Lane). Primary features of the project include installing traffic signals, constructing
pedestrian facilities, widening pavement, improving storm drainage, and relocating
utilities (see Attachment A, Location Map, Layout Sheet and Typical Cross Sections).
New right of way (R/W) is required involving three private owners and the Los
Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) . The environmental determination is "Categorically Exempt" (see Attachment C, Environmental Documents). Project costs, escalated to the 2016
funding year include: an escalated capital outlay construction cost estimate of
$536,000, an escalated capital outlay R/W estimate of $605,000, and an escalated
total capital outlay cost estimate of $1,141,000
The merits of signalizing the See Vee Lane at US 395 intersection have been
discussed since at least 2003, when Caltrans published the Bishop Area Access and
Circulation Study. Project Development began in 2011 with the approval of the
project Conceptual Report.
Since 2011, Caltrans has actively met with directly affected property owners, key
stakeholders, and interested members of the community. In 2014, Inyo County began
formally studying the idea of converting the intersection driveway into a county road
extension of See Vee Lane. The study included traffic and environmental analyses of
various alternatives including options to connect the Meadow Creek and Highlands
communities to the See Vee Lane extension (see Attachment K, See Vee Lane
Extension Study). All options assumed there would be a traffic signal at See Vee
Lane and US 395. After a public workshop in July 2014 and a Board of Supervisors
Meeting in August 2014, the County decided to not pursue the extension project,
favoring the signal-only option, and indicating an intent to re-evaluate traffic
conditions once the See Vee Lane at US 395 traffic signal is operational.
The intersection of US 395 and See Vee Lane is presently controlled by a stop sign
for See Vee Lane northbound traffic. A private driveway (Cherry Lane) forms the
fourth leg of the intersection. Existing highway right of way widths are 80-ft on US
395 and 40-ft on See Vee Lane. Bishop Fire Station lies on the southwest corner of
the intersection. Astorgas restaurant lies on the southeast corner. On the north side
of US 395, a driveway services both the Bishop Choppers building and a residence.
Pedestrian and bicycle traffic use the paved shoulders on US 395, and the dirt
shoulders on See Vee Lane. Eastern Sierra Transit provides interregional bus service
along US 395 and local "dial-a-ride" service. There are no existing or proposed
transit stop points at the intersection.
Phone: (760) 872-0601
FAX: (760) 872-0678
California Department of Transportation
500 S. Main Street