Saturday, September 12, 2009
Eureka: Even more congested...
Caltrans has avoided considering the consequences of increased large truck traffic through Humboldt County, including congestion, especially in Eureka, safety, pollution, & roadway maintenance. They ignore the disadvantages to local business of facilitating large franchise retailers.
There is no cumulative impacts evaluation that consider 199/197 and 299 STAA projects, or the 16,000 daily vehicular trips associated with the Eureka marina Center. The narrowly construed purpose ignores other modes of goods movement, such as a maritime highway, thereby subsidizing large trucking concerns.
Humboldt port is ready for appropriate development, and maritime transportation is far more efficient, resistant to rising fuel costs, and amenable to non-fossil fuels, but will not be economically feasible if it has to compete with cherry-picking trucking. 4f of the Federal Code requires such consideration when manipulating roadways in public parks when federal funds are involved.
Despite the fact that Richardson Grove is federally designated murrelet habitat, and there is no data as to occupied habitat, surveys will only be conducted after the project. The murrelets are going extinct south of Richardson Grove and need recruitable habitat. There is absolutely no scientific basis justifying the cutting of old growth redwood tree roots, and no credible evidence in the AR supporting such cutting.