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County to fix damaged stretch of road to foothills

The Colusa County Board of Supervisors last week took its first steps to repair a segment of Lodoga Stonyford Road, which suffered extreme damage during the Ranch Fire.

The fire scorched 410,000 acres of federal and non-federal lands in the Mendocino National Forest in Lake and western Colusa County over a seven-week period in 2018.

Colusa County officials have already secured funding to repair approximately 15,000 feet of the roadway, between Little Indian Creek and Little Stony Creek, which is the main artery to the foothill communities, west of Maxwell.

The roadway was damaged by trucks and heavy equipment, officials said.

“It experienced a lot of damage, not only from the fire suppression in the Mendocino Complex, but the timber sale after that,” said Public Works Director Mike Azevedo.

The board on June 2 approved a contract with MGE Engineering Inc. to provide civil engineering design services, including plans, specifications, and repair estimates. The USDA Community Facilities Grant requires the process before the county can go out to bid on the project.

The board previously used MGE to provide the geotechnical services to evaluate the pavement distress on that segment of roadway last fall.

The cost of the engineering service to prepare the design documents and the cost estimates to repair the road is $39,203, with 75 percent of the cost funded by a USDA Community Facilities Grant, officials said. The balance will come from the road fund.

The board anticipates the engineering services to be completed by July 9 or sooner, with a possible start date to fix the road by fall.

Supervisor Gary Evans, who lives in Stonyford, said the county doesn’t sell tickets to cross the damaged flat, but they could since Disneyland is still closed.

“Just go there,” he said. “It’s entertaining,” ■

Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker
Susan Meeker is the Editor and Reporter for the Pioneer Review. She started her position with the Pioneer Review in January 2017 as the Advertising Manager. Susan specializes in local crime, government reporting. She also loves covering the various topics and events in our county. You can send her a message at susan@colusacountynews.net

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