Public comment sought on proposed road project between Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

The National Park Service, along with the U.S. Forest Service, is seeking public comment on a proposal to rehabilitate and resurface 17.4 miles of the Generals Highway, which connects Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Starting in 2018, crews would replace the road’s base and sub-grade materials while grinding and reusing the existing pavement to resurface the highway, said Dana Dierkes, park service spokeswoman. The first phase of the project is a 7.4-mile section of the highway from Little Baldy north to Pythian Camp.

The second phase would include the remaining 10 miles of roadway extending to the intersection with Grant Grove Road (Highway 180) and would start in 2019 or 2020, depending on funding, Dierkes said.

The public can submit comments electronically or learn more about the project through parkplanning.nps.gov/seki. Anyone with specific questions regarding the project proposal can contact Nancy Hendricks, environmental protection specialist, at 559-565-3102.

All written comments on the project must be transmitted, postmarked or hand-delivered by March 31.

Paul Schlesinger: 559-441-6659, @PaulSch_Photog