It was telling to me that during the beginning presentation they said the FS has determined that if a road was re-opened it would have to meet their "class 3" standards...which is why their costs for the project were so huge. It sounds to me like the law references that the road should be navigible by a "two wheel drive vehicle", not a passenger car. I'm just thinking of the numerous dirt roads on FS land that are open only seasonally and require a high clearance vehicle. but not four wheel drive. It seems like the FS is choosing an interpretation of the law that will support NOT opening the road. It sounds to me like 1 million would easily fund the repairs to the tunnel and the needed minimal maintenance to open the road up as a seasonal high-clearance 2x4 road, and the EIS. The 10 million figure is a real boondoggle in the making!
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