5 million of road repairs from 2017 storms complete

Marysville, Ca.


Over $5 million worth of roadwork repairing damage from the historic 2017 storms has been completed.  Roads to the west of Bullard’s Bar Reservoir in the Yuba County foothills received repairs, retaining walls and guardrails. Knife River Construction of Chico got to work in May, and Indiana Ranch, Fountain House, Oregon Hill and Moran roads re-opened this week.  The wettest winter in nearly a century brought significant damage to Yuba County roadways, the bulk being slipouts—where parts of embankments and road slipped down the hillsides. Retaining walls help hold in the embankment to rebuild a base for the roadway.  In addition to Yuba County’s work, nearly 430,000 recycled tires were utilized as fill materials in repairs along seven roads thanks to a separate grant from CalRecycle. The TireDerived Aggregate (TDA) is made from shredded scrap tires and is used in projects like retaining wall backfill, lightweight embankment fill, and landslide stabilization. The material is lightweight, cost-effective, and drains well in wet conditions. For more information on this specific work, visit CalRecycle’s website:   Another $2.8 million repair project is also being done east of Bullard’s Bar. Escheman Construction of Brownsville began work in August and is expected to complete the project by the end of November. Upper Pendola Road is currently closed due to this construction.  The bulk of these storm road repairs were funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and California Office of Emergency Services, while Yuba County funded a small portion (around 6 percent).  

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