The Holman Highway section of State Route 68 runs between the junction with State Route 1 and the City of Pacific Grove in Monterey County. It is the primary method of transportation between the City of Pacific Grove, The Pebble Beach Community, and the Community Hospital of The Monterey Peninsula (Draft EIR SR 68 Widening Project 2006). This section of highway is subject to heavy congestion and delays during the day, especially between the hours of 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants). The 1993 Regional Transportation Plan recommended that SR 68 be widened from 2 lanes (1 Eastbound, 1 Westbound) to 4 lanes (2 in each direction). This recommendation was adopted in 1994. The project would put a 4 lane highway in the area 0.2 km (0.1 miles) west of the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula intersection to south of the State Route 68 overpass at State Route 1 (DEIR 2006).
Project Objectives and Methods:
The CDFA and USDA in consultation with the Light Brown Apple Moth Technical Working Group have developed an action plan with different strategies to eradicate the moth. The eradication strategy will primarily be accomplished by aerial application of pheromone to disrupt mating. The pheromone method will be used mostly in areas with denser populations. The pheromone functions by attracting males, preventing them from mating with females; the pheromone does not kill the moths. In addition to the aerial spraying, a ground treatment will be administered for small and isolated areas, to be used alone, or in addition to aerial spraying. The ground method uses twist ties to distribute the pheromone. Trapping methods will also be utilized in the project.
The LBAM program will monitor the aerial spraying for quality control and its effectiveness.
Issues to be addressed by the PEIR: