Funding Issues May Stall Major Repair on Shelter Cove Road Slipout
Tony Seghetti, head of Humboldt County Public Works Engineering, is hopeful but a little concerned when he looks at the slipout eating into the Shelter Cove Road just past the Shelter Cove store.
“We’re working with Caltrans and Federal Highways to get funding,” he explained. “We almost have it…We have a promise from them.” Unfortunately, he pointed out, “The storm damage fund doesn’t have any money in it right now.”
Otherwise, he said, “I feel like we are in good shape.” First, the County will have to have preliminary work done. “Geotech engineers have to drill and figure out what kind of material there is in the area,” he explained. Then design plans have to be created.“It will be fall before [the] design is ready to go,” Seghetti said. He says his best guess is that “the actual construction will be next year in 2019…I would like to say we would get someone out there by [this] fall but that is highly unlikely.”
Seghetti said that is the funding piece that worries him the most. “If we see money, we should see it in a few months,” he said. But, he explained, “It makes it really hard if we have a couple million dollar repair there and we don’t have the budget to fix it.”
The County is also working on fixing a culvert that has issues on a possible alternative route into the Cove. “If we lose Shelter Cove Road, we are going to need a detour,” said Seghetti. Currently, Telegraph Road is looking like a good option but it needs some repairs also, he said.
Meanwhile, the County has a contractor working on putting up K-rail and a signal in the area of the Shelter Cove Road slipout.
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