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Ogressive, Record, Reporter gressive, L.__ Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001 I ge 4B ring at the intersec- Quincy-LaPorte roads last Gordon Keller, a engineer with Forest, took in discussing the took place narrow, primarily over the years. A or anywhere area was long and maneuvered cocks. 1950s, forest engi- an alternate Would have elimi- present crossing at and added a "well up canyon." was never started it proved too expert- 1960s, another cross- Middle Fork was Construction ac- but was stopped Wild River issue project. alternative was in the Hopkins ,tea, but was also a master agree- the forest, the Call- Patrol, the of Fish and and Plumas was struck to cooper- on highways in Diamond Interna- )ught the Sawmill sale on the north )nion Valley. That 26 million of lumber. It also n OpPortunity to aments. later, the for- ,n planning an Environ- eport on :d reconstruction Quincy-LaPorte s were ini- 1978 team ulti- the list to alternatives a paved, two- were held, interest shown seasonal commu- -~Ople are opposed mg the road," stat- built a little more than two miles of highway from a for- est road to the intersection of Cleghorn Bar Road. Sierra Pacific Industries al- so became involved when it purchased a 28-million-board- feet Tamarack Sale. Following final assess- ments of the area, the road project was finally designed in 1981. In 1982, Plumas County and the forest struck an agree- ment to replace the Nelson Creek Bridge. A new site was chosen because it was deter- mined that the new site would have the least impact on fisheries and would pre- serve the archaeologically significant original bridge. In 1983, Plumas County completed their part of the construction project, and a subcontractor for the Sierra Pacific Industries portion of the road began construction. The reconstruction project continued the following year, going from an area known as Turntable to the Middle Fork Bridge. That year, the county also designed the current bridge, which spans Nelson Creek. In 1985, Plumas County, working with Caltrans, be- gan the bridge project. The original cost was $500,000, but that was increased by an- other $200,000, when it was learned a different footing was required. In 1986, the county began widening the road from Gib- sonville to one of the forest roads. The alignment and grade were also improved as part of this project, and that section of the road was grav- eled. In another area, from the end of the pavement north of the Middle Fork Bridge to the bridge itself, the county widened and paved two lanes. This part reached to within a quarter mile of the Nelson Creek bridge. That year, more timber sales took place in the area. The Bellevue Timber Sale, sold to Siller Brothers Log- ging, required nearly two miles of double-lane gravel- ing on the road. The Gibsonville Timber Sale, sold to Cornett Logging, also spurred some road im- provement. In 1987, the Vederal High- way Administration became interested in the road project. and the Quincy-LaPorte Road From the Plumas County Road Department's angle, spending $1 million on the road was Justified to in- crease Iogg/ng truck travel. But didn'mstt of the agencies involved on the come from was placed on its work pro-team began to review the pro- gram. In connection with ject details, including this, the forest submitted a guardrails, and raised ar- forest highway project pro-chaeological concerns about posal to pave the road fromsome of the historical mining the end of the existing pave- camps. ment, which ended about a As this phase of the project half-mile south of the was completed, the new cost Turntable, to the paved high- estimate was increased to $4 way leading to Little Grassmillion, and it was anticipat- e Valley Reservoir. That cam- ed that nine miles of widen- pleted a 15.7-mile stretch,ing, grading and gravel sur- At the time, the cost esti-facing could be completed by mate was $3.5 million. It was 1996. to be completed in 1993. By the next year, a nine- Two years later, current mile paving project costing partners, including the for- another $2.6 million should est, the county, Caltrans and have been completed. the Federal Highway Admin- Missing any of the estimat- istration met to discuss the ed dates, the project finally road designanddetails, went out to bid and was The Federal Highway Ad- awarded to Baldwin Con- ministration agreed to taketracting in 1999. That compa- on all the earthwork, grad-ny contracted to reconstruct ing, drainage and structural nine miles of road for an esti- section work from the southmated $9.555 million. The end of Onion Valley to an ex- Federal Highway Adminis- isting paved road north of La- tration planned to pick up the Porte. tab, and Plumas County Plumas County agreed to would pay an additional $I provide information by way million for its portion of of flying the area, acquiring road, from above the right-of-ways, and heading Turntable to the south side of construction up to the re- Onion Valley. maining portion of the road from the south end of OnionSite dlscumr4on Valley to an existing end of Inviting representatives of pavement near Turntable. the various projects to dis- The county also agreed to cuss their particular involve- be responsible for wideningment, Plumas County Road the highway between Red Department Director Tom Bridge and Nelson Creek. Hunter said the proposed At that time, it was be- highway had to be the most lieved the project would beexpensive piece of road per completed in 1992. capita in the county. Although it appeared that Hunter said the money was the project was ready to be- initially pledged because it gin, in 1990, the forest and the was believed that improving Federal Highway Adminis- tration began to disagree on appropriate minimum design standards for the project. The following year, they did agree to split the project. The Fed- eral Highway Administration would reconstruct 9.5 miles of road and Plumas County would work on 6.2 miles of the design. In 1992, however, all of the tat all of the alterna- feasible, but the ~ of a final alterna- be shared with su- m Pluraas and Sier- m ys. S~9 through 1984, th3 Once again assesse pe "~2" _ =n/llled .,Oonu Interna vp" tlonal but from the Inty/Brownville r Concerns were )n a fear that a route to Quincy reate an all-season Forest Superviso~ itton and the distric ray Johnson, assured Ople that the high- ~lcd.n't open on a be : d basis. bn Went on to deter- ,urse * Come 'e kred to Bid ana V V home is a must have. 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Despite the slowdown in the industry, however, log. ging trucks can still increase the number of trips they can make a day on the road be- cause of improved driving conditions. Feather River District Hy- drologist Mike Taylor, who had a hand in much of the de- sign work, said he is pleased with how the road blends in with the area and doesn't ap- pear to be forced on it. Working with engineers on the project, Taylor pointed out that they were able to solve a number of problem areas along the road. Supervisor Don Clark, in describing LaPorte's econo- my as hanging on by a thread, said the new road should give the area a much needed economic boost. The Stan Wyer, an assistant in. spector on the road, came out of retirement to do the job. Wyer said he learned of the job while in retirement, heard they were short of in- spectors, and decided it was just the right kind of a job for him. Accustomed to working with the Federal Transporta. tion Department, Wyer said the agency focuses on federal projects "the rest of the world doesn't want." Orin V. Lee, project inspec- tor, said they dumped 30,000 metric tons of asphalt-con- crete onto the 14.7 kilometers of roadway. Although Plumas County won't be plowing the road in the winter beyond its tradi- tional Nelson Creek Bridge point, many see the area as becoming a growing haven for snowmobiling and cross country skiing. For those accustomed to making long trips aboard their snowmobiles, a trip from LaPorte to Bucks Lake, another snowmobile resort, can easily be made in one day. The Plumas Master Corn- posters and the Dawn Insti- tute at Indian Falls have once again teamed up for their an- nual fall Backyard Compost- ing Workshop. Saturday, Oct. 20, is the date to come between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon at the Dawn Institute Garden at Indian Falls. The workshop is free to the public and designed for those interested in compostlng yard trimmings, leaves, grass clippings and vegetable scraps from the kitchen. Be- ginners as well as seasoned composters are welcome to attend. Participants will learn how easy it is to compost, how it will improve their gardens and help save money. Making compost with earthworms will also be discussed. Participants will receive a free composting manual and home reference guide. The workshop presenters will be Dawn Garden Manag. er Manuel Boehmer and local master composter Bob Boschee. The two-hour workshop is relaxed and informal. Work- shops are held outdoors so dress comfortably and ac- cording to the weather. Bring your composting questions and plan on having an enjoy. able morning. Advance registration is not necessary but is appreciated. Please call Bob Boschee at 283-4650; or Manuel Boehmer at 284-7481. Composting workshops are sponsored by the Plumas County Integrated Waste Management Task Force. Plumas County Child Abuse Prevention Council Presents Communicating Across Povedy Friday, October 19 III II Barriers DONNA BEEGLE, PH.D. A challenging and exciting workshop that will help you understand how income, educational opportunities and life experiences shape our communication and relationship styles and con create misunderstanding. $25 Pre-registraflon required. Oct. 15-Deaclline. Lunch will be sewed. Call 283-5333 for a regish'atlon form FREE for In-home Child Care Providers and Foster Parents Ill nn, e i Ill I Winter is comin 't QUALIFYING INCOME* Qualifying income for utility payment help. Family size Gross Annual Income ! $21,475 2 $29,025 3 $36,575 4 $44,125 5 $51,675 ABC Center 258-4280Plumas County Social Security 257-5057 Wildwood 258-3350 Community Development Lassen Career Network Commission 283-2466257-8152 Social Services 993-6720 Plumas Crisis Intervention 283-55 ! 5 W~oed Pe ol= Lassen Eu om fm=axm Dev. Corp. Healthy Start 832-1827 Healthy Start 284-1560 " 256-3531 *Certain restrictions apply. Funds are limited. Qualification does not guarantee payment.