Plans for asphalt factory scrapped |

Plans for asphalt factory scrapped

A large, night-operating asphalt plant will not be built near the Nevada-Placer county border, Teichert Construction announced this week.

Teichert attributed its change of heart to the Placer County Supervisor Bruce Kranz.

“After listening to Supervisor Kranz, we have concluded that it will not be possible for us to address his numerous concerns about the location of the temporary asphalt plant in time to meet the terms of our Caltrans contract,” said Teichert Construction Vice President Larry Rhoden in a statement.

Teichert had planned to produce asphalt – 280,000 tons in all – at the site of the Chevreaux Aggregates quarry along Lake Combie to supply its repaving of Interstate 80 from Colfax to Newcastle.

Now, the company will use asphalt produced at another location, Rhoden said.

Some neighbors of the proposed asphalt plant had opposed the plan because of the added truck traffic it would bring to the area. They also argued that the asphalt plant required a new permit, while Teichert maintained that a 1972 permit was adequate.

Neighborhood activist Steward Feldman said Meadow Vista residents who were concerned about the plant are pleased but not completely satisfied.

He plans to push the county to re-examine Chevreaux’s 1972 permit.

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