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Bridge planned for Floriston

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Floriston residents have another major road construction project to look forward to in 2007.

The bridge on Floriston Way ” which crosses the Truckee River leading to the Interstate 80 underpass ” is slated for replacement beginning in June and ending in October 2007.

“We will be sensitive to the concerns of the Floriston community and will maintain temporary access during construction,” said Nevada County District Five Supervisor Ted Owens.

Doug Farrell, Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation supervising civil engineer, said temporary access would be provided by a “Bailey bridge,” a modular unit that can be quickly assembled and disassembled to re-route traffic.

“We want to keep the inconvenience to Floriston residents to a bare minimum,” Farrell said.

Ernest Alioto, a Floriston resident, said he was made aware of the project a couple years ago at a public meeting with Barbara Green, who at the time was the Nevada County District Five Supervisor, and Michael Hill-Weld, the Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation director.

“We have had a lot of satisfaction with Barbara Green,” Alioto said.

He said he didn’t have any issues with the bridge replacement.

“The impact of construction I’m sure is going to be minimal,” Alioto said.

Farrell said the 47-year-old bridge is scheduled for replacement due to its poor condition.

“The deck is spalling off and steel is showing through,” Farrell said. “The bridge is decaying.”

The anticipated cost of building the new bridge is about $1.5 million, Farrell said.

Federal money from the Highway Bridge Rehabilitation and Replacement fund will cover 87.5 percent of the cost, and the rest will be paid from the county budget, he said.

Owens said the Nevada County Board of Supervisors Dec. 5 accepted the project’s Mitigated Negative Declaration, which is a study of the environmental effects of the project.

Farrell said the environmental impact of the project should be minimal because the new bridge will use the existing piers, meaning no new construction will occur in the Truckee River.

There will also be “Environmentally Sensitive Area fencing” installed to keep the construction away from the river, Farrell said.

The new bridge will be similar to the old one, but will be raised about 3.3 feet higher to allow for 50-year flood flows, Farrell said.

“Whenever we replace a bridge we do a hydraulic analysis of the river,” Farrell said. “We decided to raise the bridge to clear high flows.”

Farrell said he wasn’t aware of the bridge being inundated in the past, but said it had gotten close.

The county will advertise the contract for the project by the end of January, open the project for bids in March, and begin construction as soon as the weather allows, Farrell said.


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