Rehabilitation of Highway 62 West, Crater Lake National Park, Klamath County, Oregon
ALTERNATIVE C: PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE
This section evaluates the potential impacts of alternative C, the preferred alternative.
Alternative C would result in widened curves in the switchback section of Highway 62 West, allowing for more efficient snow removal. The push plow would be able to clear the road with less passes, and the rotary plow would be required less often during early and late portions of the snow season. This would result in a long-term, minor, beneficial effect on park maintenance operations. The road surface would be replaced, reducing the need for pothole filling. The road would be chipsealed approximately every five years. This would result in a long-term, negligible, beneficial effect to park maintenance operations.
Cumulative Impacts. Past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions that would have an effect on park maintenance operations include trail rehabilitation and relocation, the reconstruction of the Rim parking lot, the waterline replacement from Munson Springs to Garfield, the lagoon project at Munson Valley, and rehabilitation of the superintendent’s house. The effects of these projects would be long term and negligible beneficial. The cumulative effect of alternative C on park maintenance operations, in combination with other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future events, would be long term and minor beneficial.
Conclusion. Alternative C would have a long-term, minor, beneficial effect on park operations. The cumulative effect of alternative C on park maintenance operations would be long term and minor beneficial.