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Less mining traffic likely in Hirschdale

Teichert Aggregates is attempting to hold off use of the Boca Quarry while planning alternative access to lessen truck traffic through the Hirschdale community.

Last fall during an end-of-construction-season rush, as many as 400 trucks per day rumbled through the small community to pick up materials from the quarry, frustrating Hirschdale residents.

“Currently we are not shipping anything through Hirschdale,” said Jeff Thatcher, Teichert senior project manager. “And we are looking at alternative access, both temporary and permanent.”

Plans for a temporary road through U.S. Forest Service land to Boca Road are under way, but construction will depend on environmental and engineering issues, he said, adding that he hopes the alternative route will be ready for next year’s construction season.

“We’re going to be hard-pressed this year, but I am hopeful we can supply from the Martis and Truckee quarries,” Thatcher said. “Not shipping from Boca until an alternative access is in place would be the best of all worlds.”

Aggregate materials, mostly gravel used for road base and other construction, have been stockpiled at the Boca site, Thatcher said, in case they are needed later in the season.

If materials are needed from the mine, Thatcher said Teichert will work with Nevada County and local law enforcement to insure trucks obey traffic laws, and do not sit and idle in Hirschdale.

“We could limit hours of operation by not opening the gates until seven for example, but that doesn’t stop a private truck driver from coming up at six and parking,” Thatcher said. “Because the trucks don’t belong to us it gets complicated getting private trucks off of public roads.”

Thatcher said he estimates the temporary road would cost $500,000 or more, and would serve on a year-by-year basis until a permanent solution is reached.

“We are looking at the feasibility of Interstate 80 ramps for the mine, but that’s an issue with Caltrans and the Federal Highway Commission, so that’s a three- to four-year program,” Thatcher said.

Currently Teichert is applying for a new permit for the mine, which would define boundaries more concretely to encompass 40 acres, he said.

Nevada County Planning Director Randy Wilson said an ad hoc committee composed of Hirschdale residents has been formed to review the new permit, and has met twice.

“The committee is representing the community very well,” Wilson said. “And Teichert seems very responsive.”

Nevada County Supervisor Owens also lauded the work between the ad hoc committee and Teichert.

“In my view this is how things ought to be done,” Owens said.

For more information or to participate in committee meetings, contact Senior Planner Randy Wilson at 265-1257.

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