Caltrans creating ponds near bypass |

Caltrans creating ponds near bypass

Truckee residents may have noticed Caltrans digging around what looks to be an environmentally sensitive area under the state Route 267 bypass. Caltrans says, however, the project is simply a requirement that came from the bypass approval.

Mark Dinger, a spokesman for Caltrans, said the project required taking out some wetland area. One mitigation measure that was approved with the project was to have Caltrans put the wetlands back.

According to Dinger, Caltrans is removing 10,000 cubic feet of materials and putting in new material to improve drainage. In addition, it will build “two large ponds, three meters deep.”

“It helps [the ponds] to percolate better,” Dinger said.

Caltrans also added dirt to four sediment bases, which help by allowing sediment in water to settle into the ground. Dinger said experts had told Caltrans the bases could use some extra dirt on each one.

“We evaluated the performance of those sediment bases,” Dinger said. “Our goal is to clean up the water before getting to the river.”

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