Hwy 62 – 38 COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF NO-ACTION AND ACTION ALTERNATIVES

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

 ALTERNATIVES

COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF NO-ACTION AND ACTION ALTERNATIVES

TABLE 1. COMPARATIVE SUMMARY OF ALTERNATIVES

Alternative A: No Action Alternative B: Resurfacing, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Alternative C: Preferred Alternative – Resurfacing, Restoration, Rehabilitation, and Realignment
There would be no improvements to Highway 62 West. Park managers would respond to future roadway needs without major actions or changes from the present course.This alternative does not meet the purpose and need for the project The existing Highway 62 West would be rehabilitated between the west park boundary and near Annie Springs Junction to improve pavement, repair deteriorated and inadequate drainage facilities, and reduce accidents.The roadway would remain within the existing road bench with two 11-ft. paved travel lanes plus two 2-ft. paved shoulders. The access drive to the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot would be re-aligned perpendicular to the highway. The hill to the west of Whitehorse Crossing would be flattened to improve sight distance. The curves at the switchback would be widened to improve tracking for long-wheel-based vehicles.

Guardrails would be added in some locations. One turnout and a portion of another turnout would be removed. Culverts would be cleaned.

The Wizard III Quarry in Rogue River National Forest could be used for needed aggregate materials.

This alternative does not address all operational deficiencies or sufficiently improve snow removal operations as defined in the purpose and need.

The existing Highway 62 West would be rehabilitated between the west park boundary and near Annie Springs Junction to improve pavement, repair deteriorated and inadequate drainage facilities, and reduce accidents.The roadway would remain within the existing road bench with two 11-ft. paved travel lanes plus two 2-ft. paved shoulders.

The switchbacks, approximately 1.5 miles of roadway, would be moved onto a new alignment to increase the turning radius.

The access drive to the Pacific Crest Trail parking lot would be realigned perpendicular to the highway. The hill to the west of Whitehorse Crossing would be flattened to improve sight distance.

Guardrails would be added in some locations. One turnout and a portion of another turnout would be removed. Culverts would be cleaned.

The Wizard III Quarry in Rogue River National Forest could be used for needed aggregate materials.

This alternative does address operational deficiencies and provides the best improvements for snow removal operations, therefore, meets the purpose and need for the project.

 

 

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