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No more mining traffic for Hirschdale

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunThe Boca Quarry is pictured in this aerial photograph. Teichert Aggregates is working on ways to keep mining traffic out of the community of Hirschdale.
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One of the region’s oldest gravel-mining companies has promised to divert Boca Quarry traffic from the Hirschdale community this construction season, and in the future.

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. Complaints triggered a response from Teichert Aggregates, the owners of the mine, and Nevada County to explore solutions to the heavy traffic.

Consulting last year with Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens, Teichert agreed to halt quarry work on Oct. 13 rather than the end of November.



This year, the company’s first course of action was ceasing operations at the aggregate mine, shifting the extraction and distribution of road-base materials to the Martis and Truckee gravel pits, said Jeff Thatcher, Teichert senior project manager.

“Demand for materials was down this year, but there will be heavy Caltrans use starting next year,” Thatcher said. “It will be a big push to have enough material for 2008 through 2010 for Caltrans projects.”



As Caltrans’ primary aggregate supplier in the region, Teichert will resume mining the Boca Quarry next year, but has another solution to the traffic congestion in the works, he said.

“We are working on a temporary access road to the Boca-Stampede Road,” Thatcher said. “We are trying to decide whether to construct this fall or to wait to the spring when the fire danger is down, but we will have a new road before the 2008 construction season.”

Looking beyond the temporary road, Supervisor Owens said he is working with Teichert and Caltrans to create an on-off ramp on Interstate 80 expressly for the Boca Quarry.

Thatcher said the company offered some unused mine land to relocate Caltrans’ corporation yard from Truckee as a possible incentive for the on-off ramp.


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