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Letter to the Editor: SRTA Releases ResilientShasta Transportation Vulnerability Assessment, To Hold Public Workshop April 28

Editor:

I am writing to let you and your readers know the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (SRTA) is developing a plan to our transportation system safer, more reliable, and more effective during extreme weather events such as the recent Carr and Zogg Fires, 2019’s “Snowmegeddon,” and 2017’s floods. The first major project milestone, the ResilientShasta Transportation Vulnerability Assessment, has been released in draft form for public review and comment.

The vulnerability assessment identifies current vulnerabilities and evaluates projected vulnerabilities based on two different greenhouse gas emission scenarios. The report may be downloaded at https://www.srta.ca.gov/352/. A summary of the findings will be presented to the SRTA board of directors at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 27 beginning at 3:00 p.m., where public comment may be made.

SRTA will also be holding a public workshop through Zoom on April 28, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The workshop will begin with a presentation on the findings, and the rest of the meeting will be devoted to collecting community input. Information on how to attend and participate through Zoom is online at https://www.srta.ca.gov/351/ or the public may call 1-888-788-0099 (toll-free) and enter Meeting ID 897 7661 6859 and passcode 360324 to participate by phone at scheduled time. The workshop will be recorded and posted online for later viewing by those who cannot attend at the scheduled time.

All public input collected on the vulnerability assessment will inform the next step of the plan: identifying, evaluating, prioritizing, and recommending strategies to address the vulnerabilities. Work on the plan is funded primarily by a Caltrans Adaptation Planning Grant and is anticipated to be completed by fall 2021.

More information about ResilientShasta, including progress updates and advance notice of additional opportunities to provide input can be found online at https://www.srta.ca.gov/320/ResilientShasta. You may also contact me, the project manager, by phone at 530-262-6204 or email at mkuker@srta.ca.gov. I am also available on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2253564786 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 – 2 p.m. for drop-in meetings.

Sincerely,

Michael Kuker
Associate Transportation Planner

Guest Speaker

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