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Project: ODOT Communication Lease - Yellow Butte.

Project Status: Planning Completed
Office Location: none
Resource Area: Swiftwater
NEPA #: DOI-BLM-OR-R040-2014-0003-CX  Categorical Exclusion / Decision Record
Document Publish Date: 4/17/2014
Summary: The State of Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is requesting a Communication Site Lease from the BLM to operate, maintain, and terminate communication facility on Yellow Butte Communication site located in WM., T. 23 S., R. 6 W., sec. 27. ODOT is proposing to upgrade the communication equipment within the footprint of the site currently occupied by the Oregon State Police (Right-of-way grant OR 44265). The proposed action would authorize the existing use and improvements: one -- 8 x10 foot steel equipment shelter; one -- 8 x10 foot steel generator shelter; one -- 40 foot steel self-supporting tower; one -- ice bridge; one -- array of 6 module solar panel (attached to generator shelter roof); one -- 1,000 gallon propane tank; one -- two way Omni-directional antennae; and one -- two-way beam path from Yellow Butte to Harness Mountain. The equipment upgrade would include: installation of a new grounding system around the tower, shelters, and propane tank to meet Motorola R-56 safety standards; replacement of conduit between the propane tank and shelters; and the installation of an array of solar panels on the equipment shelter roof. In addition approximately 15 trees (ranging in size from 2 to 14 inches dbh) that are interfering with the signal relay to Harness Mountain or shading solar panels would be cut down and removed. The lease period would be for 20 years.
Public Review Start Date : 4/17/2014
Public Review End Date : 5/16/2014
Contact: Max Yager
Contact Phone: 541-440-4930
Program Areas: Lands/Realty