State Route 1 - Bike Lane Project

Project Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes a safety improvements project on State Route 1 (SR-1) between the Santa Ana River Bridge (PM 21.5) and Anderson Street (PM 31.1) in the City of Huntington Beach (City), in the County of Orange. The project proposes to add comprehensive Class II bike lanes in both directions along SR-1 within the stated limits to move towards Caltrans’ Complete Streets directive. Additional proposed safety elements for bicyclists are widening of right-turn pockets, widening of existing shoulders, and reducing median island widths to accommodate bike lane treatments; removing existing sand deposits along the roadway; installing a concrete center median barrier; replacing and refreshing lane and shoulder striping; implementing bicyclist detection sensors at signalized intersections; upgrading curb side grated inlets to be bike-rated; and installing signage from Anderson Street to Santa Ana River Bridge; upgrading guardrail at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; and relocation of traffic signal and lighting poles. Other elements proposed includes installing two traffic census stations at Goldenwest Street and Warner Avenue; and upgrading an existing traffic signal pole at the northwest corner of SR-1 and Seal Beach Boulevard (PM 32.7). There are 2 alternatives, the Build and No Build Alternatives. The project is proposed to reduce bicyclist-involved incidents with vehicles and originated from the Bicyclist Safety Improvement Monitoring Program which identified bicyclist-involved high collision concentration locations and corridors with the long-term goal of substantially reducing bicyclist fatalities and serious injuries on the California State Highway System. Caltrans HQ Traffic Safety investigations concluded a higher than state average incidents involving cyclists at various locations along State Route 1 in the city of Huntington Beach.

An Initial Study (with Mitigated Negative Declaration) has been prepared for this project which documents potential environmental impacts and proposed avoidance, minimization and/or mitigation of potential impacts associated with the proposed Build Alternative.

Caltrans is the Lead Agency for the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with the anticipated environmental determination being a Categorical Exclusion (CE). Caltrans is also the Lead Agency for the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). An Initial Study (IS), leading to a Mitigated Negative Declaration (ND) is the anticipated CEQA Document. 

This safety project will be federally and state funded by the 2020 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), under program code (Bicycle Safety Improvement Monitoring Program) and is scheduled for funding FY 2023/2024.  

Anticipated Project Schedule 

  • Project Approval & Environmental Document - Spring 2022
  • Completion of Project Design - Fall 2024
  • Start of Construction - Winter 2025
  • Open Year - Spring 2026

Final Environmental Document 

Caltrans has publicly circulated the Draft Environmental Document - Initial Study to the public for 30 days between October 30, 2021 and November 19, 2021. Comments received during this period are included in Appendix I of the Mitigated Negative Declaration, accessible via link below. Throughout this document, a vertical line in the margin indicates a substantial change made since the draft document circulation. Hardcopies of this document are available for review at the Caltrans District 12 office at 1750 East 4th Street, Suite 100, Santa Ana, California 92705.


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Carmen Lo, Associate Environmental Planner - (657) 328-6162

Smita Deshpande, Senior Environmental Planner - (657) 328-6151