The City of Porterville intends to construct an extension of an existing Class I Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail along the Tule River in Porterville, Tulare County, California. The proposed Trail covers approximately 0.5 miles straight-line distance, will be constructed in one phase, and includes: removal of existing vegetation; construction of 3,000 feet of a 10-foot-wide hard surface trail; installation of solar lighting fixtures, trail signage and markings, and retaining walls; construction of one 20-foot-wide vehicular bridge with bollards and one 10-foot-wide pedestrian bridge across the Poplar Ditch. The project had federal funding from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
PanGIS acted on behalf of the lead agency providing CEQA compliance for archaeological and historical resources. Services included: archival record search, historic research, AB52 Tribal consultation, pedestrian surveys of the APE, prepared the ASR/HPSR reports (Caltrans’ format), and coordinated with agency personnel. The purpose of the archaeological survey was to determine if any historic properties or archaeological resources listed or potentially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) are located within or immediately adjacent to the construction area. The archaeological survey was intended to document compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA of 1966, as amended, whose regulations pertain to federally funded undertakings and their impacts on historic properties.