Mining traffic meeting tonight |

Mining traffic meeting tonight

Truck traffic going through the Hirschdale community will be discussed today at a 6 p.m. meeting at Truckee Town Hall.

During an end-of-construction-season rush, as many as 400 trucks per day picked up materials from Boca Quarry, passing through the Hirschdale community. Boca Quarry is leased and operated by Teichert Aggregates and produces construction aggregate, a material that was in high demand this year for infrastructure completion at some of the area’s largest development sites, including Martis Camp, Northstar, Timilick and Gray’s Crossing.

Residents complained about increased traffic levels, prompting Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens to initiate talks with Teichert.

Tonight’s meeting will weigh the need for the construction materials produced by the mine against the traffic impacts, and will also discuss alternative access to the mine. Participants will have an opportunity to speak during a question-and-answer portion of the meeting.

In a previous interview with the Sierra Sun, Jeff Thatcher, Teichert senior project manager, said he would like to find an alternative route to the mine, as opposed to going through Hirschdale.

Possible alternatives include an off-ramp from I-80 and a route from Boca Reservoir, but construction would probably not start until 2008, Thatcher said.

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