Yankee Jims Bridge Replacement

3 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020010388
Lead Agency
Placer County
Document Title
Yankee Jims Bridge Replacement
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Received
Posted
3/14/2024
Document Description
The Placer County Department of Public Works, in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the California Department of Transportation, proposes to replace the existing one lane suspension bridge (Bridge No. 19C-0002) that crosses over the North Fork of the American River. The Yankee Jims Project is located in an unincorporated area of Placer County, California over the North Fork of the American River, within the Auburn State Recreation Area. The Project is needed to improve access related to evacuation routes and emergency vehicles by constructing a new, structurally sound bridge with two-lanes and increased weight capacity. The purpose of the Project is to improve the roadway approach geometry at each end of the bridge and improve pedestrian access over the North Fork of the American River and the adjacent recreational facilities by replacing the existing bridge with a new two-lane bridge over the North Fork American River on Yankee Jims Road. The existing bridge was constructed in 1930 and is currently considered structurally deficient and functionally obsolete by Caltrans Structures Maintenance and Investigations with a sufficiency rating of 0.0. The sufficiency rating assigned by Caltrans is a numeric value that indicates the sufficiency of a bridge to remain in service. Sufficiency Ratings range from zero to 100, with zero representing an entirely insufficient or deficient bridge. Yankee Jims Road is a vital transportation connection between the communities of Colfax and Foresthill. As one of only a few roads in and out of Foresthill, Yankee Jims Road provides a vital fire, life and safety evacuation route for the local community. However, with the current bridge load restriction and width limitations, emergency response vehicles must come from both Colfax and Foresthill areas when called, since access across the existing load restricted bridge is not feasible and the exact location of the emergency is often unknown. One build alternative is being considered for the bridge replacement; an arch suspension bridge located 10-15 feet downstream of the existing bridge. Additionally, the existing Yankee Jims Road Bridge would be strengthened to facilitate construction. The strengthened bridge would then remain in place as a historic structure. The total Project area encompasses approximately 133 acres including, approximately 7 miles of Yankee Jims Road leading up to the existing Yankee Jims bridge.

Contact Information

Name
Kevin Ordway
Agency Name
Placer County Department of Public Works
Job Title
Engineering Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Counties
Placer
Other Location Info
East of Colfax along Yankee Jims Road, Placer County

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
Placer County
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
County Clerk
Placer
Final Environmental Document Available at
yankeejimsbridge.com

Determinations

(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
No
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
No
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
Yes
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
Yes
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
No
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
Yes

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