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County road projects get boost

Dave Moller

A revenue windfall and the New Year’s storms have added $2.4 million in projects to the county’s road repair list.

“There was $1 million worth of damage we incurred over New Years,” said county Sanitation and Transportation Director Michael Hill-Weld at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

Some of the money needed to repair the roads could eventually come back in state disaster funding. But Hill-Weld said the county had to wait 18 months for that money the last time there was flood damage and there is no guarantee it will come this time.

To finance the expanded list of projects over the next three years, the county will use more than $1.6 million in unexpected motor vehicle license fees and other state funds. About $750,000 will come from current county road balances of $12.7 million.

Among the road projects the board voted unanimously to add were the following:

• $900,000 for the re-pavement of Pleasant Valley Road from the rock quarry to French Corral and for Polaris Drive south of McCourtney Road.

• $500,000 to fix a pair of slip outs on Pleasant Valley Road between Penn Valley and North San Juan.

• $250,000 to replace a washed-out culvert on Stinson Drive in Alta Sierra.

• $150,000 apiece for reconstructing parts of Maybert Road in Washington and Donner Pass Road near Truckee.

• $60,000 venture with the city of Grass Valley to build a sidewalk leading to Mautino Park on Alta Street.

On the existing list to be completed are $1 million in safety improvements on Wolf Road from Highway 49 to Duggans Road, about $900,000 for a curve realignment on Dog Bar Road between Carrie Drive and Mt. Olive Road, and another $400,000 in improvements to the Brunswick Road at Idaho Maryland Road intersection.

Also on the existing list are:

• $600,000 in curve realignments on McCourtney Road at Elster Place and Adair Avenue.

• $400,000 in intersection improvements at Highway 174 and Brunswick Road.

• $400,000 for a center left turn lane on Rough and Ready Highway inside the town limits, plus shoulder and guardrail improvements.

• $240,000 for a right turn lane for Combie Road at Highway 49.

• $180,000 for a left turn lane for Brunswick Road at Town Talk Road.


To contact senior staff writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com or call 477-4237.

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