On Monday, August 27th, 2012, the California Valley Miwok Tribe hosted a consultation meeting with the Department of Transportation District 10 and invited guests, regarding the Harney Lane/UPRR Grade Separation Project.
CVMT requested a project-specific consultation meeting with Caltrans District 10 because federal monies are being furnished by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to partially fund the project, which makes it subject to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended.
The proposed project consists of modifications to the existing Harney Lane at the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) crossing. The proposal is to reconstruct a crossing originally designed for a rural setting with a relatively low capacity to accommodate anticipated increased vehicle trips generated by existing, approved, and future planned urban development within Lodi and the region. Harney Lane is currently a two-lane roadway west of the Stockton Road intersection and a four-lane roadway between Reynolds Ranch Parkway and Stockton Street. The project will consist of a four-lane roadway throughout the project site and then conform to the existing two lanes west of the Hutchins Street/West Lane intersection.
A new overpass for Harney Lane will be constructed over the UPRR tracks to replace the existing at-grade crossing. The overhead structure will be a three-span bridge with drilled piles placed outside the UPRR operational right-of-way. This overhead will achieve minimum UPRR vertical clearance requirements by raising the roadway profile thirty feet above its current elevation and re-aligning the centerline of Harney Lane to accommodate embankments down from the elevated roadway at a slope of 2:1 (horizontal/vertical).
The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank Nichole Jordan, Cultural Resource Manager with LSA Associates Inc., Tina Fulton, DNAC with Caltrans District 10, Stockton Office; Gary Scholze, Archaeologist, Caltrans District 10; Kathy Ikeda, Associate Environmental Planner for Caltrans District 10, Stockton Office; Chris Boyer, Assistant Engineer, Development Services, Public Works Department, Lodi, California, and Rose Mose, Cultural Preservation Advisor to CVMT.