Olancha-Cartago logo

Olancha Cartago 4 Lane Project

Share via:


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), as CEQA lead agency, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as NEPA lead agency with the support of Inyo County Local Transportation Commission will convert approximately 12.6 miles of the existing U.S. Highway from a two-lane conventional highway into a four-lane expressway from post mile 29.2 to post mile 41.8 in Inyo County.

The controlled-access four-lane divided expressway will pass west of Olancha and the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Once the alignment crosses Olancha Creek, the project will cross the Los Angeles Aqueduct and continue north through Cartago along the existing highway to meet up with the four-lane section of U.S. Highway 395 to the north of Cartago. The northbound and southbound lanes would be separated by a 100-foot-wide unpaved median.

Learn more about the project and why it is necessary here. Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Image of Inyo County with project location highlighted

What's New!

June 28, 2017

Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) have identified the Caltrans Preferred Alternative (Alt 4-3) as the recommended preferred alternative because it will have fewer environmental impacts, will require no residential relocations or direct impacts to businesses, will enhance safety, and will best meet the purpose and need of the project.

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act a Notice of Determination has been filed with the State Clearinghouse and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act a Notice of Availability of Finding of No Significant Impact has been filed with the State Clearinghouse.

Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact and Section 4(f) Evaluation and the Technical Studies are listed below.

Why this project is needed

US 395 is a Priority Interregional Highway in the Caltrans Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan, part of the National Network of truck routes, and included in the Caltrans Highway Freight Network. The highway is vital to the economy of the Eastern Sierra region and is one of five major recreational corridors identified for Southern California. The highway has recurrent congestion and the fatal accident rate is higher than the statewide average for a similar facility.

Close up of project location

Benefits

This project will address roadway safety, provide for continuity of the US 395 corridor, meet present and future vehicular and goods movement traffic demands, and bring the highway up to current design standards. It will include Complete Streets elements, such as, new shoulders, a new non-motorized multi-use undercrossing, Class III Bike Route, bus turnout, and potential intersection improvements that would benefit pedestrian and bicycle mobility.

Funding and Partnership

The project is expected to be jointly funded by Inyo and Mono Counties’ Local Transportation Commissions and Kern Council of Governments and Caltrans with State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds.

  • Design (PS&E) Support: $5,128,000
  • Right of Way Support: $3,032,000
  • Right of Way Capital: $13,518,000
  • Construction Support: $8,100,000
  • Construction Capital: $80,400,000
Construction Support and Construction Capital have been delayed due to the California Transportation Commission’s amended 2016 STIP Fund Estimate.

Project Schedule

  • Environmental Clearance - May 2017
  • Begin Right of Way Appraisals & Acquisition - June 2017
  • Complete Plans and Specifications - March 2020
  • Certify Right of Way - April 2020
  • Advertise Project - August 2020
  • Begin Construction - December 2020
  • Complete Construction - December 2022

Informational Video

To learn more about the Olancha~Cartago 4 Lane Project, click on the graphic below to view the informational video.

Olancha - Cartago 4-Lane Project Video

Maps

Preferred Alternative Layouts

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), as CEQA lead agency, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), as NEPA lead agency , propose to convert approximately 12.6 miles of the existing U.S. Highway from a two-lane conventional highway into a four-lane expressway or partial conventional four-lane highway from post mile 29.2 to post mile 41.8 in Inyo County. The project proposes six alternatives with varying amounts of construction on new alignments.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment with Section 4(f) Evaluation was circulated from August 12, 2015 through October 10, 2015 and a Public Hearing was held on September 23, 2015 in Olancha. All comments received during circulation have been addressed in the Final Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment with Finding of No Significant Impact and Section 4(f) Evaluation which can be found on this webpage and a the following location.

  • Caltrans District Office, District 9, 500 South Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514

Environmental Document and Technical Studies:

 

Links to informational documents:

Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Dec 5, 2014)

Olancha Cartago 10 year Collision History Map

 

Project Contacts

Dennee Alcala, Project Manager
500 S. Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514
760) 872-0767
Email: Dennee.Alcala@dot.ca.gov

 

Statewide Alerts and Other Information


News

Contact Information

General Information:

Phone: (760) 872-0601
FAX: (760) 872-0678

Physical Address:

California Department of Transportation
District 9
500 S. Main Street
Bishop, CA 93514

Caltrans Logo

Translate.