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6B Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010 Bulletin,'Progressive, Record, Reporter County prepares for road work on Oro-Quincy Highway Delaine Fragnoli seasons. The maximum esti- IStrUction, ;phalt surfadng, Re. '.zly Creek Realignment} 97+27.00 to 98+31,00 GRIZZLY CREEK BRIDGE 80+13.31 ARCH CULVERT :ONSTRUCTION OF ROADS! ~Y PROJECTS, FP-03, ,/10+00.00 BEGIN PROJECT CA PFH ii9-1(3) , i BUCKS ~ -~ ', !/ Thompson L~ /. / [:/; ..,,//" ; ? ,i R7E \~ps+8o.oo I END GRIZZLY CREEK REALIGIVMENT ~_304.+ 70 \ BEGIN GRIZZLY il r I CREEK REAUGNMENT SCALE IN MIIL~ FOREI T PREL DEC NOT FOR ~ 640+i4.29 RESUME PROJECT i19-I(3) 574+90 PROJECT 119-i(J 426+97 RESUME PRO gECT 119-I(3. APPROVEC DIVISION ~GINEER, CENTRAL FEDE Bold lines show the three segments of work planned for Big Creek Road. The easternmost segment will require a road closure, during which vehicles will be routed over Bucks Summit. During work on the other two segments, a least one lane of traffic will be kept open. Map courtesy Plumas County Public Works Managing Editor dfrag noli@ptumasnews.com County supervisors took a series of steps Tuesday, Jan. 19; in preparation of roadwork on the Oroville-Quincy High- way that will leave a portion of the byway closed for as long as eight weeks. The highway, also known as Bucks Lake Road/Big Creek Road or Forest Highway 119, runs from Quincy past Bucks Lake and down to Oroville. The work will take place on Big Creek Road. The first segment of work starts 9 miles north and east of the Butte/Plumas county line and extends east for 5.6 miles. The work includes road re- alignment at the Grizzly Creek Bridge area. The existing bridge near Grubbs Cow Camp will be replaced. Addi- tional work includes pave- ment rehabilitation with some drainage improvements. The second segment of work starts 3.7 miles east of the Big Creek Road/Bucks LakeRoad intersection at the Haskins Tee and includes pavement re- habilitation. The third segment of work poses the most logistical prob- lems. It starts 7.7 miles east of the aforementioned intersec- tion and includes construction of a retaining wall, pavement rehabilitation and drainage improvements. Because of the nearby stream bed, steep terrain and geology, a road closure will be necessary during construction of the retaining wall. Plumas County Public Works, the U.S. Forest Service and the Federal Highway Ad- (since the road is lesignated forest highway, federal highway program jurisdiction) have agreed closure should occur after bor Day weekend to avoid summer tourism and fire ..... NEW-HOMES ..... GARAGES " CARPoRTs* REMODELS BASIC IMPROVEMENTS SMALL JOBS CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 mated time of road closure is eight weeks. During that time, traffic will be routed over Bucks Summit on Bucks Lake Road. Howev- er, county code imposes a ve- hicle weight restriction on Bucks Lake Road from its in- tersection with Big Creek Road near Toll Gate to where it rejoins Big Creek Road at the Haskins Tee. John Mannle, representing the county road department, told supervisors the weight limit wasn't often enforced and it was adopted to deter logging trucks and other large vehicles from traveling through the resort areas along Bucks Lake. Plumas National Forest has agreed to re-direct its person- nel and contractors onto For- est Service roads to bypass the closure area and to minimize traffic on Bucks Lake Road. By contract, the FHA will keep a minimum of one lane of traffic open during the rest of the construction period. The road department was asking the supervisors to do three things: Approve the work plans and specifications from the FHA and concur with its recommendation to adver- tise and award the project; ap- prove a temporary road clo- sure on Big Creek Road, presently scheduled for after Labor Day weekend 2010; and temporarily suspend the weight restriction for com- mercial vehicles on Bucks Lake Road during the Big Creek Road closure. The supervisors had no problem with the first two items, especially since the ma- jority of the funding for the $12 million project is coming from federal stimulus dollars. Supervisor Lori Simpson had questions about the eco- nomic effects of the project. She expressed concern that hunters and leaf peepers use the area in the fall and she did notwant to see tourism hurt. Mannle said he understood her concern, but noted the work.was supposed to be com- pleted after Lab~ Day: 20t0 but before Men~or|~l Day 2011. The amount of water in the soil and the creek level could prohibit springtime work, as could a heavy snow year. Simpson asked if the con- struction workers would come from out of the area and use local motels, campgrounds or other services. ,Mannle said he didn't know, See Highway, phge 7B For Real Pain Therapy... Thera-Gesic Pain Cream tt Really Works..,Compare and SAVE. NO W .A CCEP TIIV G NE W PA TIENTS Shireen Wrigley, Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified Wrigley joined the staff~at Northeastern Rural Health Clinics in October 2009 and is accepting new patients, To make an appointment please call Suite 'C' at 251-5000 ext. #245. Northeastern Rural Health Clinics Quality healthcare, Your choice... Our eommitment