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Supervisors criticize Caltrans

Laura Brown

County supervisors gave a Caltrans representative a public tongue lashing Tuesday morning, criticizing the agency for starting a major detour of big rig trucks and buses onto the Highway 20 and 49 corridor without first seeking input from people living in Nevada County.

Before entering Highway 20, all trucks and buses must receive a mandatory brake check before they are piloted in groups of 10 to 15 to Nevada City, said Caltrans Project Manager Doug Lang as part of his report to the board.

Last month, Caltrans began the $58.4 million road construction on Interstate 80 known as the Colfax/ Gold run project.

Chair Hank Weston wondered if Caltrans would pay the overtime of first responders from local fire districts if they are called to the scene of an accident as a result of the detour.

Reducing speed limits to prevent fatalities and changing the hours of the detour to avoid morning commute traffic on Highway 49 were two suggestions made by the board.

The road construction project on Interstate 80 will rehabilitate 44 lane miles of distressed pavement, extending the interstate’s life for another 20 years. Work is expected to be complete by October.

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