Arches road maintenance plan gets green light
Nov 14, 2013 | 1546 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The National Park Service (NPS) has announced a “Finding of No Significant Impact” (FONSI) for a park-wide road maintenance and modification project in Arches National Park. The FONSI was signed by the acting Intermountain Regional Director on Oct. 18 after review and analysis of the possible environmental impacts of the project as well as public comments received on the Environmental Assessment released in July.

The Central Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with the NPS, will rehabilitate, restore and resurface approximately 23 miles of road and pullouts in the park. The project also includes construction of turnarounds at the Windows and Devils Garden loop roads, removal and replacement of railing at Courthouse Wash bridge, drainage work near the entrance station and construction of an additional entrance lane for pass-holders and possible future shuttle bus operations.

The project will occur in two phases. The first phase was scheduled to start in October on the Devils Garden Loop road, where parking will be reconfigured and expanded and a turnaround lane constructed. That work is expected take one to two months this winter and one to two months in the spring of 2014 to complete, park officials said in a news release. The second phase will start in 2016 and will require two summer construction seasons to complete, according to the news release.

The FONSI is available online at:

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.