Floriston Bridge Replacement OK’d |

Floriston Bridge Replacement OK’d

Replacement of the 47-year-old bridge on Floriston Way is moving forward.

Plans, specifications and the estimated cost of replacing the bridge, which crosses the Truckee River leading to the Interstate 80 underpass, were approved by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors on Feb. 27.

Doug Farrell, with the Nevada County Department of Transportation and Sanitation, said the project will need to get approval from Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration before going to bid for construction, which should begin mid-June.

“Approval from Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration can take some time ” that may be a month or so,” Farrell said.

A temporary “Bailey bridge” will provide access to Floriston while the new bridge is under construction, and will stay up for two years, with the new bridge expected to be completed by early fall 2008, Farrell said.

The new bridge will cost $2.1 million according to current estimates, with 87.5 percent to be paid by the federal government, the rest by the county, he said.

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