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Nevada County to close portion of Brunswick Road on Saturday

A portion of Brunswick Road, south of East Bennett Road, will close Saturday for repairs.
Courtesy of Nevada County |

A portion of Brunswick Road, south of East Bennett Road, will close for about four weeks starting Saturday as crews repair the damaged street.

Heavy winter storms damaged the road, leading it to settle by over 14 inches. Emergency repairs stabilized the street, though officials say a permanent fix is necessary.

County officials said they want to complete the repairs now instead of waiting until school begins. Additionally, traffic on the road is at its lowest in the month of July.



“We’re hoping no more than four weeks,” said Joshua Pack, principal civil engineer.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved almost $700,000 for the repairs. They hope to recoup 85 percent of the cost through Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration.




The repairs mean no vehicle can pass through a 400- to 500-foot stretch of Brunswick Road, immediately south of East Bennett Road.

Drivers must detour along East Bennett Road and Highway 174. Trisha Tillotson, Public Works director, said road signs would appear by today informing people of the closure and detour.

“The total delay isn’t significant,” Pack said. “There’s just a lot of people that are going to be affected by this.”

About 10,000 vehicles pass through the area each day, he added.

According to Pack, the dirt currently serving as a foundation for the failing road wouldn’t meet current standards. Repairs will include removing that dirt, replacing it, installing drainage and rebuilding the road.

“We looked at all options to repair the roadway,” Tillotson said. “This seems to be only option, to close the roadway.”

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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