2012-04-26 / Front Page

Bill to restore Highway 140 passes Assembly

 Today, Assembly Bill 1973 by Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, passed off the Assembly floor with unanimous support. AB 1973 will restore full access to State Route 140 (SR140) in Mariposa County through the “Ferguson Slide” that leads to Yosemite National Park.

 “Reconstruction of SR 140 is essential to the health and stability of Mariposa County’s economy,” said Olsen. “I’m pleased that the Assembly passed this commonsense fix for Mariposa County.”


CalTrans has completed a draft Environmental Impact Review and has discovered that all the alternatives will affect one fully protected species - the limestone salamander. In order to begin the reconstruction, CalTrans needs an “incidental take” permit.


Currently, Department of Fish and Game is prohibited from granting an incidental take permit of a fully protected species. AB 1973 will authorize Fish and Game to grant a permit with certain mitigations.


“Passage of AB 1973 is essential to public safety and the economy of the entire Yosemite region,” said Kevin Cann, Mariposa County Supervisor. “We appreciate Assemblymember Olsen for her leadership and hard work on this issue.”


Olsen introduced AB 1973 at the request of Mariposa County. AB 1973 is co-authored by Senator Tom Berryhill, R-Modesto.



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