2012-03-08 / Front Page

Special legislation seeks slide solution

By Erik Skindrud

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Thank you for covering this

Thank you for covering this topic. Over two years ago, CALTRANS brought in specialised Japanese engineers who specialized in rocksheds - If I recall, at that time, they could not recommend the rockshed as they thought it was impractical to build and at that time, there was no concensus as to how to technically do it - given the active nature of the slide and the dangers present - Others have proposed the tunnel concept as it avoids all the issues with habitat and the technical/safety issues associated with the rockshed. Caltrans has artificially inflated the cost of a tunnel because they are fundimentally biased against such a tunnel on pure principal - They do not like nor want to maintain a tunnel, yet it solves the issue of the slide (going under the actual slide plane and avoids habitat issues as well as avoids all bridges over the river. Sometimes engineers can be very focused on what their solution is and be damned at other's ideas. at least two years ago - no one knew how to get a rockshed built in this location - Maybe somewhat figured it out - but the article does not discuss that part of the equation. I think its worth asking CALTRANS if they actually have figured it out.

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