Passing-lane work awaits solid finances



Construction on a 1.2-mile passing lane about 10 miles east of Arnold on Highway 4, remains stalled until the state officially adopts a budget.

The Senate and Assembly passed a budget plan this week, and Gov. Gray Davis has said he will sign the fiscal bill tomorrow. But until he does and until the money is actually there officials have said they will wait.

Calaveras County and Caltrans officials met yesterday afternoon in Stockton to discuss the $2.3 million Arnold Passing Lane Project.

Scott Maas, local project manager for the Calaveras Council of Governments, said the project's contractor, OK Mittry & Sons, has agreed to begin moving timber for the roadway in the fall.

Mittry will leave tree stumps to prevent erosion, which is becoming a major factor aside from the lack of a solid budget as to when the project begins.

"Erosion is a problem that we're watching very carefully," Maas said.

According to a county report, construction was slated to begin July 20. The report states it's possible for the project to be completed in one season, depending on fall weather.

Fresh dirt will need to be hauled in this fall, but because of the construction's late start, officials worry the winter rain runoffs could cause problems. Officials said they might wait until spring for earthwork to begin.

About 2,000 trucks full of dirt are expected to be brought in to lay a foundation for the passing lane, Maas said. Caltrans is to notify the public when the trucks will be on the road.

At the beginning of April, the state Transportation Commission voted to allocate $2,338,000 for the passing-lane project with an estimated completion date of December. Construction on the lane is now expected to wrap up next year.

Contact Mike Morris at .

The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Friday October 21, 2016

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
Sheriff details investigation of Marshall murder-suicide


Philip Marshall acted alone in killing his two teenage children, a pet ... more

Donnell Vista: Majestic and mystifying


Donnell Vista Point on Highway 108 is a remote and mystifying lookout ... more

Columbia Elementary board ousts superintendent


Five days after receiving a 2 percent raise, Columbia Union School District ... more

Realms of Darkness won’t haunt this year


The popular 4-H-produced haunted house “Realms of Darkness” in Sonora will not ... more

County wants changes on wildfire risk assessment


Tuolumne County officials are preparing to fight in Sacramento for local residents ... more