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Feds to shutter access to Boca Dam road as precaution

Sun File PhotoIn this file photo, Ron William and Lynn Sasso of Glenshire launch a jet ski at Boca Reservoir during the summer of 2008, when the reservoir's water level was dwindling.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Boca Dam road will be closed to car and truck traffic beginning Friday, April 1, to implement a security plan for the dam of the same name in the aftermath of this winter seasonand#8217;s near-record snows.

According to a press release from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, the closure will likely last throughout the summer.

Public access to the dam and attached reservoir and#8212; located on the Little Truckee River about 6 miles east of Truckee and#8212; must be limited, according to the bureau, so as to address security concerns and provide protection for the public and lands downstream, considering the amount of runoff expected this spring.

and#8220;Pedestrian, bicycle and motorcycle use of the road across Boca Dam will be allowed during the road closure.,and#8221; the press release reads.

The Tahoe National Forest Boca Campground facilities located on the west side of Boca Reservoir and the Boca Reservoir boat ramp will be accessible using alternate routes, according to the bureau.

For information, call 800-742-9474. When prompted on a recording, press and#8220;21.and#8221;

For additional information, contact Bob Edwards, resource division manager, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Carson City, at 775-884-8342, or e-mail Peter Neugebauer at pneugebauer@usbr.gov.

The federal department made the same decision five years ago, after a good snow season.

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