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News.bytes Extra, issue 455

Road project improves public safety

A stretch of road in Lake County that presented a public safety hazard has been improved using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

The Bureau of Land Management’s Ukiah Field Office, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration, hired contractors to gravel and compact 2.2 miles of the eastern portion of Mendo-Lake Road with crushed road base and make other improvements this year.  The road is located in both Mendocino and Lake counties, with the work performed in the Lake County section. (text continues below)

Men in orange vests inspect recently-paved winding roadway

The project received $749,000 in Recovery Act funding. A contract crew of about 6 to 8 workers from Lemoore, Calif., worked for about 2 months on the job,  In addition, 10 local truckers and 2 water trucks were used during construction.

“The eastern most 2.2 miles of the Mendo-Lake Road is a steep road that consists of heavy clay soils that are slippery when wet and turn to dust when dry and erodes during wet weather,” said Bill Dabbs, BLM project manager.

The road was reshaped to reduce erosion. Failing culverts were replaced and geotextiles fabric installed over the heavy clay soils. Crews graveled and compacted the road with 6 inches of crushed road base, and paved 4,500 feet of the road.

Men inspect roadway

- David Christy, BLM Central California District, 10/19/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 455