Hirschdale mine traffic solutions in the works
As many as 400 massive dump trucks a day rumbled through the small community of Hirschdale a year ago, lining up through the neighborhood to get to the Boca Quarry.
But Teichert officials and Nevada County regulators are working to ensure that scene doesn’t happen again.
This year’s reduced operations were a stop-gap measure, as Teichert Aggregates diverted trucks to two of its other gravel quarries in the area.
But the ongoing need for the road-base materials means the mine can’t stay closed for long, leaving Teichert to look for alternate short- and long-term solutions to the truck traffic.
“The state is still going to have a voracious appetite for aggregates, so access to that mine will be necessary,” said Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens.
Until the parties can agree on a permanent solution, the company will use a temporary access road to Boca-Stampede Road to divert trucks away from Hirschdale, said Teichert Senior Project Manager Jeff Thatcher.
The company’s work on the gravel road is about 60 to 70 percent complete, Thatcher said, awaiting only the permission of the U.S. Forest Service to construct the final leg.
As part of the work on public land, Thatcher said Teichert agreed to mark the old Boca town site for cultural significance. He expects the firm to complete the road in time for the 2008 construction season, reopening the quarry.
As Caltrans’ primary aggregate supplier for the region, most of the quarry’s demand will come from Interstate 80 projects over the next five to eight years, Thatcher said.
That continuing demand means Teichert will eventually ask the county to expand the mine from its current 40 acres to a proposed size of roughly 200 acres by 2012, he said.
At the same time, Thatcher said Teichert will likely try to get a permanent on/off ramp dedicated to the mine on Interstate 80, creating a long-term solution for access to the Boca Quarry.
“That interchange will be necessary, so I see a trip to Washington D.C. in my future,” Owens said. “The good thing is we will not be asking for money, we will be asking for leniency and expediency.”
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