The San Joaquin River Conservancy has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a 2.5 mile extension of the Lewis S. Eaton Trail on over 400 acres of public land. The project site is called Spano River Ranch or Fresno River West, and is located between Highway 41 and Palm Avenue.
The DEIR states that there is an unavoidable environmental justice impact for the proposed project, due to the lack of vehicle access to the site within the City of Fresno. If the Conservancy Board approves the DEIR without any additional access, Fresno residents traveling by car will have to drive into Madera County on Highway 41, and then back into Fresno on the old Highway 41 to reach the site. The Trust created a short video showing this trip - you can watch the video on our YouTube channel.
The Trust is encouraging the Conservancy Board to approve the DEIR with all three potential access points:
You can find more information about Alternatives 1 and 5 below.
Alternative 1- Added Parking with access via Riverview Drive
Includes access on a public road that was sized to serve a 1500 unit residential development in the riverbottom that was proposed in the early 1980s.
The road is significantly wider (two-three times wider) than a residential street and there are no houses that face onto the road.
Current 24-hour traffic volumes on Audubon Drive total 10,886 trips according to the traffic study in the EIR. The traffic volume projected by the year 2000 in the 1985 EIR for the Spano River Ranch project was 16,620 trips. The Alternative 1 access point is projected to add 240 trips per day.
The River Parkway Trust has created short videos showing different aspects of the proposed project and the alternatives evaluated in the DEIR. Click the links below to watch the videos we've created so far, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for updates.
Proposed Project and Alternative 1 - please note that you need to watch the entire video to see the Alternative 1 access point.
Alternative 3 - River's Edge Trail
Alternative 5 - Landfill routes - this video shows two routes that were considered for alternative 5 and removed from consideration due to environmental issues. We're showing these routes because there is still discussion about each of them in the community.
Alternative 5 - Preferred Route
Click on the links below to read the River Parkway Trust's recent email newsletters on the River West Fresno DEIR.
Additional Background Information
We encourage you to review the DEIR yourself in order to formulate your comments. Click here to review the DEIR online.
The DEIR is also available for public review at the following locations: