Appendix C: Potential Local Transportation Projects
Potential Local Transportation Projects – Examples of Project Types:
- Providing sufficient shoulders to allow for bike lanes and pedestrian paths;
- Providing additional bicycle and pedestrian facilities;
- Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists;
- Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites;
- Scenic or historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities);
- Landscaping and other scenic beautification;
- Historic preservation;
- Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals);
- Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails);
- Control and removal of outdoor advertising;
- Archaeological planning and research;
- Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity;
- Establishment of transportation museums;
- Providing turnouts and parking areas for all season recreational use and sightseeing;
- Providing fisheries enhancement projects in waterways affected by highway improvements;
- Providing additional deer warning signs in areas of heavy deer use and/or improving existing signage to emphasize the hazard in the area;
- Providing wildlife guzzlers and enhancing forage to keep wildlife from crossing highways;
- Enhancing visually objective uses alongside highways through screening, painting, fences, etc.; and
- Providing interpretive/information signs and exhibits.
Potential Local Transportation Projects by Area/Road
US 395 Antelope Valley
- Acquisition of nearby deer habitat areas.
- Enhancement of deer habitat on the west side of 395 to reduce the number of highway crossings.
- Enhance available water and forage for deer.
- Install additional deer-crossing warning signs.
- Establish roadside turnouts/deer view areas (these would be more appropriate in the Eastside Lane area, although interpretive signs directing people to Eastside Lane may be appropriate on US 395).
- Establish screening vegetation for deer around Marine housing complex, in cooperation with BLM and Marine Corps.
- Widen shoulders to allow for vehicle turnouts and scenic viewing.
SR 182 Walker River Bridge Project (at Bridgeport Reservoir Dam)
- Enhance swallow habitat.
- Enlarge existing turnout/parking area and include interpretive facilities.
- Improve SR 182 to include a bikeway to the state line.
- Provide for improved pedestrian access & crossings on the north/south sides of the bridge.
US 395 Bridgeport Main Street
- Construct northern sidewalk gap on the west end of town from Buster’s Market site to existing sidewalk.
- Improve northern sidewalk from Burger Barn to Walker River Lodge.
- Add southern sidewalk section on west end of town from Twin Lakes Road to the rodeo grounds.
- Construct (removable) curb extensions and pedestrian-activated warning lights at existing crosswalks.
- Improve walkability using features such as pedestrian furniture, pedestrian-scale street lighting, trash/recycling receptacles, bike racks, additional crosswalks, and street trees/landscaping beautification.
- Design and construct signage and wayfinding for the town core.
- Design and construct gateway monument signs at the ends of town.
Bridgeport Valley Trails
- Provide for a mountain biking trail in the Bridgeport vicinity.
- Maintain existing trails.
Twin Lakes Road Resurfacing (Bridgeport)
- Construct bike lane along shoulder or parallel to existing route, for approximately 13 miles.
- Enhance wetland values or provide replacement wetlands.
US 395 Conway Summit Passing Lane
- Complete four-laning or passing lane addition on US 395 north of Conway Summit.
- Install interpretive signs at Mono Basin Overlook regarding deer migration and restrooms.
- In conjunction with Cemetery Road project, enhance forage on BLM and State lands.
- Preserve via land purchase or other measures scenic Mono Basin properties.
- Rehabilitate/stabilize Conway Summit road cuts.
Big Virginia Lake Road and Trailhead Improvements
- Provide access/fishing pier at Big Virginia Lakes.
- US 395 Cemetery Road Passing Lane
- Fisheries enhancement in Mill Creek (creation of pools, fencing to exclude sheep, providing for fish passage through upstream diversions on Mill Creek).
- Enhance forage on BLM and State lands.
- Vista pullout and parking for Mono Lake viewing and Mill Creek access.
US 395 Four-Lane Project Between Lee Vining and June Lake
- Mono Basin Scenic Area viewpoint.
- Improve wildlife habitat.
- Interpretive turnout/parking area to highlight Walker/Parker/Rush Creek restoration.
- Lee Vining Creek interpretive signing, trail construction, and trailhead parking, coordinated with community and USFS current trail efforts.
- Visual enhancement of US 395/SR 120 junction.
- SR 120 pullouts and parking for Mono Lake viewing, visitor orientation, interpretive and information station.
- Walker and Rush creeks, access parking for fishing, hiking, etc.
- North US 395/SR 158 junction, information station to provide visitors with recreation opportunities around June Lake Loop.
US 395 – Sand House Grade Segment
- June Lake Junction self-serve information station (kiosk). Cooperative project to provide visitors with recreation opportunities around June Lake Loop.
- Pullout, scenic viewing facilities, and trail to view Mono Lake (halfway point).
- Deer watering facility at base of Sand House Grade to reduce highway crossings.
- Trailhead parking for Nordic (cross country) skiers and snowmobilers at June Lake Junction (could also be used as park-and-ride facility for commuters).
- Snowmobile crossing north of June Lake Junction.
- Parking near Bouldering Sites.
SR 158 Improvements – June Lake Loop
- Pullouts and interpretive exhibits at key points along the Scenic Byway (tied to Avalanche Bypass Road and widening projects).
- Silver Lake Roadside Bike/Pedestrian Path (tied to widening projects).
- Drainage improvements in the Village (tied to future circulation improvements in the Village). Provide drainage improvements, such as reconstructing June Lake outfall to Gull Lake inlet, and constructing a sedimentation barrier at the Gull Lake inlet.
- Parking and interpretive and rest facilities at June Lake Ballfield/Roadside Park.
- Down Canyon Trail project development and construction.
US 395 Improvements along Deadman Grade Segment
- Snowmobile trailhead (parking, information station, restroom) off Logging Camp Road.
- Nordic ski trailhead (parking, information station, restroom) off Obsidian Dome Road.
- Snowplay parking at top of Deadman Grade (allow safe parking at existing site).
Benton Crossing Road
- Erosion control for graded section of Benton Crossing Road from Watterson Grade to SR 120. Erosion control along this 15-mile section will involve approximately 36-40 acres at a cost of approximately $4,000 per acre, or a total cost of $145,500.
- Deer habitat improvement.
Lower Rock Creek Road
- Construct bike lane from south county line to US 395 (approximately nine miles).
- Develop bridge on Lower Rock Creek Trail.