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Buckeye reconstruction this summer

The reconstruction of Buckeye Road has been approved for later this summer.
Kurt Hildebrand |

A 2.14-mile stretch of Buckeye Road will be rebuilt later this summer.

Sierra Nevada Construction of Sparks was awarded the project with a low bid of $1,544,007.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be $1.61 million, including materials testing, inspection and administration.

The work will go from just east of Heybourne, past the turnoff to Minden Elementary School and 900 feet past Orchard Road.

County traffic engineer Jon Erb said the work will include removing 5 inches of pavement and widening the road by 2 feet on either side.

“The project is like the work we did on Toler Road,” he said. “We are pulverizing the existing pavement and mixing it in with the base and then treating it with 2 percent cement to strengthen the base. We will then be paving back 5 inches of plantmix. The project does widen the roadway by 2 feet per side once we are past the existing curb and gutter. We are also removing and patching two areas to the east that have settled over the years.”

Widening the road will provide the 4 feet required to designate the bicycle lane.

Erb said he expects the contractor to start work sometime in late July or early August and for it to take 4-6 weeks.

The project is on the five-year transportation plan for construction in fiscal year 2016. Commissioners approved funding the work at their June 16 meeting.