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Three aging bridges near Truckee will be rebuilt

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Three bridges in eastern Nevada County are up for replacement in the next few years.

Two bridges in Hirschdale, and one in Floriston will be replaced by Nevada County, likely starting this year. All three are being replaced because of age. The Floriston bridge was built in the 1960s and the Hirschdale bridges built in the 1920s.

“Our intent is to begin work in Floriston this summer,” said County Supervisor Ted Owens. “Unless the feds pull the money.”

Federal funding is set to pay 83 percent of the $2.9 million estimated for the two-year project, Owens said.

Originally scheduled for summer 2007, the bridge replacement was delayed because of federal funding, said Doug Farrell, director of Nevada County public works in a previous interview.

To maintain access to Floriston, a temporary “Bailey Bridge” will be put in place, Owens said, while demolition and construction take place.

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While Nevada County will be able to re-use the footings of the existing Floriston Bridge, the county won’t have that option with the two Hirschdale bridges, driving the cost up to an estimated $8 million, Owens said.

The Nevada County Board of Supervisors Tuesday awarded the design contract of $1.1 million for the Hirschdale bridges.

Owens said that money comes from federal and state coffers.

“That’s true of most bridge projects, they’re usually paid with federal funding,” Owens said.

Temporary access and timelines for replacement have not yet been determined, Owens said, but construction is slated to begin by 2010, barring any problems from the federal government or Union Pacific Railroad.

“The bridges are going to be in the same place,” Owens said. “We looked at moving one or both of them, but that doesn’t relieve us from maintaining the existing right of way.”