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[RC] Pony Express Trail/Cardiac Hill Bypass - SteveHallmark

For those who have asked, here is clarification on the trail access to the Pony Express Trail in proximity to the Auburn Dam Overlook...

Steve, To clarify the issue with the Cardiac Hill trail. Here is a response to Laura Caballero with BOR from their project manager, Bob Meador. Sounds like the trail will remain accessible. Jay


Regarding roads or, trails that persons may walk on, ride mountain bikes
on, or ride horses on, the Contractor does not see that there has been a
problem with the public. There is no reason to try to close every
possible route persons may hike on or use, use of the Cardiac Hill trail
does not interfere with construction activity. When the Contractor is
working in an area he signs the roads to that area with appropriate
signs and talks with the public who may enter. To date the public has
been understanding.

No one expects State Parks to keep the public completely out, it would
be ridiculous to try. Specifications Section 01550 puts the burden on
the Contractor to accommodate public use to the extent possible.

Regarding Contractor traffic on project roads (where public may be) the
Contractor has posted 15 MPH signs on all roads and makes a point that
employees and venders are aware of the speed restriction.

Regarding the gate at the top of the hill off Maidu, the Contractor is
on site much of the time on weekends, the road leads to the Contractors
office, there are signs at the gate which is left open during work hours
stating the area beyond is a construction site and authorized vehicles
only should proceed. There is signage at the Contractors office
directing all traffic to the Contractors office. At times when the
Contractor has no one on site the gate is closed and locked. The
Contractor does not believe there has been a problem with public access.

Robert Meador
Construction Manager
US Bureau of Reclamation
Mid Pacific Construction Office
American River Pump Station Project Office
471 Maidu Dr.
Auburn, CA 95603

Jay Galloway
Park Superintendent II
Auburn State Recreation Area

> -----Original Message-----
From: SteveHallmark
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 7:31 AM
To: Galloway, Jay
Subject: Cardiac Bypass Trail Closure

Hi Jay,

The notice below published in the Auburn Journal has caused a lot of
confusion.  As I ride these trails quite often, it is my understanding
that the Pioneer Express Trail from Manhattan Bar to the Auburn Dam
Overlook is not closed.  This would include the Cardiac Bypass Trail.
The construction access road to the coffer dam is closed to the
public, as is the alternate trail to the coffer dam below the Overlook
(The trail that splits off from the Western States Trail between the
Overlook and Robie Point).

Would you please clarify this issue?

Thanks in advance.

Steve Hallmark
Folsom Lake Trail Patrol


The Auburn Journal:

Trails remain closed for pump station project work
Wednesday, April 11, 2007

As contractors continue with phase two of the pump station project at
the Auburn dam site along the American River, trails in the area remain

"All trails in the dam site have been closed," said Scott Liske, ranger
with the Auburn State Recreation Area. "The Auburn to Cool crossing and
Cardiac Bypass trail will be closed seven days a week, 24 hours a day."

Construction crews are excavating and constructing an intake structure
for the pump station to return the river to its natural channel,
officials said.

Hikers and dog walkers in the area are putting themselves at risk when
using the trails, Liske said.

"The easiest and safest way to complete the project is to keep the
public out," he said. "Through October all trails in the dam site will
be closed."

- Penne Usher

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