National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
SAN JUAN ISLAND NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
Cattle Point Road Project – Newsletter April 2005
This newsletter’s intent is to provide you with an update on the proposed Cattle Point Road Project.
The project’s purpose is to ensure that vehicular and non-motorized access to the San Juan Island National
Historical Park and land outside the Park on Cattle Point will continue in a manner which provides a safe
and pleasurable experience for the public while protecting the natural, cultural and recreational resources of
the area. The road is in danger of failing due to the naturally eroding coastline. It is the only road access
for the 250-plus residents who live on Cattle Point, and provides access to National Park Service (NPS) and
other public lands.
The National Park Service and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are co-lead agencies for
this project. As the road is a county road and the eastern end of the project crosses Washington State
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) land, San Juan County and the DNR are cooperating agencies.
A July 1, 2004, press release announced the completion and availability of the public scoping document.
Through this effort and public comments, two of the proposed corridors (4 and 5) were dropped from
further consideration. In December 2004, the agencies met to compare the advantages of each alternative
located along Corridors 1, 2, and 3. At this meeting, a hybridization of alternatives 2RA and 3RA from the
scoping document (called 2RA-hybrid) was identified as having the greatest advantages. Consequently, the
project team identified 2RA-hybrid as the preferred alternative.
From the west, Alternative 2RA-hybrid climbs the natural landform nearing the ridgeline of Mt.
Finlayson. It then wraps around the south side of Mt. Finlayson and descends on about a 12% grade off
the eastern ridge to join the existing road, with a realignment length of slightly more than one mile. 2RA-
hybrid and three other alternatives (No Build, 2TU, and 3TU ) located along Corridors 1, 2, and 3 will be
considered and analyzed in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
A Cultural Resource Survey and Tunnel Feasibility Study have been completed for the project. Surveys
for rare plants are being conducted in spring 2005. This information, along with biological, human and
other resource impacts will be summarized in the DEIS.
The County, NPS, DNR, and FHWA presented the status of the proposed project to the County
Commissioners on April 5, 2005. The DEIS is scheduled to be available for public comment in fall 2005.
An open house meeting will be held at this time to discuss the DEIS.
Information about this project (including an electronic copy of the scoping document) is available at the
Park’s website: www.nps.gov/sajh. Click on “Management Docs,” then “Cattle Point Road Project.” For
additional questions, please contact Peter Dederich, Superintendent, San Juan Island National Historical
Park, P.O. Box 429, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; Ph: 360-378-2240 or Andrew Rasmussen, FHWA, 610 East
Fifth Street, Vancouver, WA 98661; Ph: 360-619-7899.
RA = realignment; TU = realignment with a tunnel along a portion of the new alignment
2 0 2 Miles
San Juan Island
Cattle Point Road
# Residential Area #
San Juan Island National Historical Park Private
PROJECT AREA #
0 0.5 1 Miles Vicinity Map - Cattle Point Road Project
San Juan Island National Historical Park
(Dashed Line Represents Tunnel Sections)
9908 Airport Way
Building 12, Unit 1
Snohomish, WA 98296