PUBLIC MEETING – Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach – July 29, 2015

Public MeetingPUBLIC MEETING - Realignment of Highway 1 at Gleason Beach - July 29, 2015 

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (EIR/EA) as well as Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display for the State Route 1 Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project

What’s Being Planned: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes realignment of State Route (SR) 1 at Gleason Beach in Sonoma County to maintain the highway, which has been damaged by multiple erosive forces, including severe storms in 1996 and later years. The Environmental Impact Report (EIR)/Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates three Build Alternatives and one No-Build Alternative.

The proposed project is located in a rural coastal area in unincorporated Sonoma County approximately 5 miles north of Bodega Bay, California, on State Route (SR) 1 between post miles (PMs) 15.1 and 15.7, immediately southeast of Gleason Beach, and would move the current SR 1 alignment several hundred feet inland. The proposed project consists of constructing a two-lane roadway that would replace the current alignment, a new bridge where the new roadway would cross Scotty Creek, as well as other associated components.

The purpose of the proposed project is to protect SR 1 from coastal erosion while maintaining the Route’s long term connectivity.

Why this Ad: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Caltrans studied the environmental impacts of this project. The analysis shows that the proposed project will significantly affect the quality of the environment. The document that explains this conclusion is called the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Assessment (Draft EIR/EA).

This notice is to inform you that the Draft EIR/EA is available for a 45-day public review period from July 10, 2015 to August 23, 2015, and a public meeting is scheduled on July 29, 2015 at the Grange Hall in Bodega Bay from 6:00-8:00pm to accept comments on the Draft EIR/EA. Public comments may also be submitted at any time during the review period to the California Department of Transportation at the address listed below.

What’s Available: The Draft EIR/EA is available for review at the following locations:

  • Department of Transportation District 4 Office, 111 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA
  • Central Santa Rosa Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Guerneville Regional Library, 14107 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA
  • Occidental Library, 73 Main Street, Occidental, CA

An electronic version of the document is also available online at:

Where you come in: You are invited to review the Draft EIR/EA for this project and provide comments to us. A Public Question/Answer Panel and Open House/Map Display will be held to solicit comments and questions on the environmental analysis and impacts evaluated in the EIR/EA. Verbal or written comments on the Draft EIR/EA may be submitted at this public meeting or at any time during the review period.

Comments must be received by 5:00 PM on August 23, 2015, and can be submitted via U.S. Mail, fax, or email to:

The email to submit comments is: gleasonrealignment@dot.ca.gov

The fax number is: 510-286-5600

Oliver Iberien, Branch Chief

Division of Environmental Planning & Engineering

California Department of Transportation District 4
Attn: Thomas Rosevear

111 Grand Avenue

Oakland, CA 94612