West River reopens; Flood damage repairs completed | SierraSun.com

West River reopens; Flood damage repairs completed

West River Street is open and passable.

Town Engineer Jon Lander said as of Friday, March 7, construction crews packed up equipment and took down road closed signs, ending five weeks of detour routes for area commuters.

Repair work was originally estimated at four weeks, but Lander said work crews lost a few days during the Presidents’ Weekend due to supplies arriving late to the site and the extra days off. “That was part of the reason for the fifth week,” he said.

Lander said the project’s cost did not exceed the town’s engineering estimate of $410,000.

In addition, recent warm weather in the Sierra helped crews finish the job in a short time, Lander said. “For February and March we got about the best weather we could ask for.”

Thanks to material bolstering the washed-out section of the Truckee River bank along West River Street, Lander said it will take a much bigger storm for the events of Jan. 1 to repeat.

“We expect not to have a problem like that again,” Lander said. “The bank will be able to withstand a similar or bigger storm.”

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