New Visitor Parking Area Planned

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This parking lot will provide Refuge visitors much needed convenient access to trails and will expand opportunities for conducting educational and interpretive programs on the Refuge.

What is proposed?

The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is working with the Federal Highway Administration, Central Federal Lands Highway Division and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to plan for and construct a 0.9-acre gravel-surfaced parking lot in an area to the east of the Sweetwater River, west of Millar Ranch Road, and south of State Route (SR) 94.

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About 40 spaces, including several pull-through spaces to accommodate horse trailers, will be provided. To ensure safe access from SR 94 into and out of the parking lot, several improvements to SR 94 will be required. Specific improvements include constructing a new westbound, left-turn lane from SR 94 onto Millar Ranch Road; lengthening and improving the existing eastbound, deceleration right-turn lane from SR 94 onto Millar Ranch Road; and providing a new eastbound right-turn acceleration lane from Millar Ranch Road onto SR 94.

The project will be constructed with funding provided by Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP). The intent of FLAP is to improve transportation facilities that provide access to, are adjacent to, or are located within federal lands.

What is the project schedule? 

The project begins final design and construction once the environmental review process has been completed. The Refuge has issued a Notice of the Availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA), which provides a detailed project description along with an analysis of the potential environmental effects of implementing the project. The draft EA will be available for review and comment for a period of 30-days. 

 Where can I review the draft Environmental Assessment?   

Notice of Availability   

The public comment period begins Tuesday, December 11, 2018.
All comments must be received no later than Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Comments should be provided in writing to Jill Terp, Refuge Manager, USFWS, San Diego NWR Complex, 1080 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91910; faxed to (619) 476-9149; or emailed to (please include “Parking Lot EA” in the subject line). 

Note: All comments received from the public will be placed in the Service’s record for this action. As part of the record, comments will be made available for inspection by the general public, and copies may be provided to the public. For persons who do not wish to have their names and other identifying information made available, anonymous comments will be accepted.

The draft EA can also be reviewed in person at the following locations:

Rancho San Diego County Library 
11555 Via Rancho San Diego
El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 660-5370
    San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex 
    1080 Gunpowder Point Drive 
Chula Vista, CA  91910 
    (call for hours/access info. 619-476-9150 x 103) 


Who can answer questions about the project? 

Contact Jill Terp, Refuge Manager, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (619-468-9245 x 226) for additional information.