Hwy 62 – 73 Visitor Use, Traffic, and Highway Safety

Rehabilitation of Highway 62 West, Crater Lake National Park, Klamath County, Oregon

 ENVIRONMENTAL CONSEQUENCES

ALTERNATIVE A: NO ACTION

This section evaluates the potential impacts of the no-action alternative.

Visitor Use, Traffic, and Highway Safety

The no-action alternative would leave the road with existing tight curves and poor surface condition, and the negative aspects of these road conditions would continue to be a problem for vehicle operators on this section of Highway 62 West, particularly at Whitehorse Crossing and switchback segments of Highway 62 West. There would be no anticipated change to visitor use, traffic, and highway safety from the no-action alternative.

The no-action alternative would not affect visitor use of the road, trails, and turnouts.

Cumulative Impacts. Past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions that would have an effect on visitor use, traffic, and highway safety include trails rehabilitation and relocation and the reconstruction of the Rim parking lot. The effects of these projects would be short-term adverse during construction, but be negligible beneficial in the long term. The no-action alternative would not contribute to these actions.

Conclusion. There would be no change in impacts to visitor use, traffic, and highway safety from the no-action alternative. The no-action alternative would not contribute to cumulative impacts.

 

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