WFLHDWestern Federal Lands Highway Division
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WFLHD designed the new horizontal alignment and vertical profile to maintain the historic curvilinear alignment, for aesthetic reasons, and to improve sight distance and drivability.
WFLHD designed those features to maintain community values, ensure visual integrity, and protect travelers and the environmentally sensitive alpine terrain.
USFS and WFLHD synthesized the findings of their collaboration into a comprehensive report that can serve as a guide for practitioners and planners.
To achieve the goals expressed in Roadside Revegetation, WFLHD Division Engineer Clara Conner says, "We need to have some proven tools to ensure that native plant species are used and established whenever possible as a result of highway and road improvements.
The Going-to-the-Sun Road project also was optimal for the case study because the rehabilitation involved and affected multiple stakeholders, including WFLHD, the NPS, consultants, park concessionaires, the local tourism industry, gateway communities, and the public.
The case studies also were presented to the WFLHD design staff responsible for the rehabilitation work, with the goal of using some of the tools for further design studies.
The final phases were assessed under an environmental impact statement (EIS) and two records of decision (RODs), one by the NPS and the other by WFLHD.
I compare the Sun Road rehab to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in the mid-1980s," says Ron Carmichael, former WFLHD division engineer who worked on the project during most of its early planning until retiring in September 2005.
The move by WFLHD, in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the National Park Service, and the private Trust for Public Lands, was widely cheered around the state.
The WFLHD contribution preserved the wetlands and a 50-foot (15-meter) upland buffer zone.
For more than 50 years, WFLHD has been assisting federal land management agencies with road and bridge design, environmental studies, and transportation planning, and WFLHD has been working with states and counties to develop transportation networks that are safe, sensitive to the environment, and aesthetically pleasing.
The team set out to develop a system that would increase the efficiency of borehole logging, eliminate soil and rock classification errors, and provide a method for rapid data transport from the field to the WFLHD office.