Batch plant set up for bypass |

Batch plant set up for bypass

Over the past couple of weeks, Cal Trans has set up a temporary concrete plant off to the side of Highway 89 near Interstate 80, according to Bob Burton, resident engineer with Cal Trans.

The plant is being used to mix concrete for work on Interstate 80, in conjunction with the Highway 267 Bypass Project.

The plant will remain active during construction season; Burton said he did not know if it would be removed during the winter. The work is expected to be completed sometime next summer.

According to Town Planner Duane Hall, Caltrans originally planned to set up camp across the highway near the Sha Neva Industrial Area, but to avoid permit delays the site was moved to the state’s right of way.

“If they are on state land, they are exempt from town zoning regulations,” Hall said.

The concrete plant has been put on a portion of land that was cleared for the bypass project.

The cut trees become property of the project contractor, Ladd and Associates, of Redding, and will be turned into lumber.

Stefanie Olivieri, president of Mountain Area Preservation Foundation, said she supported the Highway 267 Bypass Project, but thought the construction could be done in a more nature-friendly manner.

“The sitting for this batch plant, and logging done to accommodate the bypass, is only the first example of the scenic price we are paying for this project,” Olivieri said.

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