SUBHED: The project was contracted to Sierra Mountain Construction Inc. for $838,122


The Union Democrat

A county roads project described as “emergency storm damage repairs” is now complete, more than 13 months after heavy rains and runoff in January 2017 swelled up Five Mile Creek and undermined Kewin Mill Road.

Securing federal funds for the project, which was eventually contracted to Sierra Mountain Construction Inc. of Sonora for $838,122, delayed the start of construction.

In November, David Gonzalves, director of the county Community Resources Agency, told the Board of Supervisors the project was urgent because Kewin Mill Road provides the only access in or out of Cedar Ridge for more than 1,000 residents.

Construction began in early December. By early January, Sierra Mountain Construction had completed stabilizing new culvert pipes and installed headwall footings. Temporary closures of the road were necessary during construction.

The completed project replaced the failed culvert crossing on Kewin Mill Road at Five Mile Creek with new double culverts, concrete headwalls, riprap channel protection and paving. County staff declared the project complete on Friday.

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