Snake Lake Road Bridge Project

Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration


The Plumas County Public Works Department is proposing to replace the structurally deficient one-lane bridge over Spanish Creek on County Road (CR) 422, which serves access to the US Forest Service and private lands. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) inspection report has classified the bridge as Structurally Deficient, with a sufficiency ratio of 37.9, making it eligible for replacement with federal funding through the Federal Highway Administration's Highway Bridge Program (HBP).

Project Location

The Snake Lake Road Bridge (9C-0148) is located approximately 6 miles west of Quincy on Bucks Lake Road at latitude 39.94 North and 121.04 West. The bridge crosses over Spanish Creek a short distance downstream from the confluence with Wapaunsie Creek

snake lake IMG_3080_800x600_thumb.jpgSnake Lake Road Bridge, Standing Near Bucks Lake Road, Looking Northeast (3/2010 – MGE)

Proposed Project

The County has obtained funding through the Federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP) to replace the bridge. Work is currently underway to determine the replacement bridge configuration.

The replacement bridge is proposed as a two-lane, single-span structure 80 to 120 feet in length. The project will also include limited stream bank modification to improve the in-stream channel and reduce the potential for scour at the bridge site.

Bridge History

The existing Snake Lake (Gopher Hill) bridge was built in 1938 and was originally used as the Rock Creek bridge before being moved to its present location in the mid-70s after the Rock Creek bridge was replaced with the present concrete structure.

Existing Bridge Information

Snake Lake Bridge over Spanish Creek is a single-lane, clear-span steel pony truss with high abutment walls comprised of precast concrete panels with tieback anchors and was constructed in 1969.

Need for the Project

The existing bridge was classified as structurally deficient by Caltrans as a result of their biannual inspection. The panels comprising the abutment wall were identified as having failed. The superstructure of the bridge was coded as being in a serious condition, indicating deterioration affecting primary structural components. The crossing is currently posted for a truck speed limit of 15 MPH. The bridge provides access to the U.S. Forest Service and private lands east of the unincorporated community of Meadow Valley. The new bridge will enhance traffic safety and improve conditions in Spanish Creek by providing an increased flow area.

snake lake IMG_3078_800x600_thumb.jpgSnake Lake Road Bridge, Looking Upstream Spanish Creek (3/2010 – MGE)

Special Considerations

As part of the project, a temporary detour will be constructed to maintain access to lands north of Spanish Creek.

Project Consultants

MGE Engineering, Inc. of Sacramento is the prime consultant.


AECOM – Environmental
Blackburn Consulting - Geotechnical
Steven C. Devin, Civil, and Geotechnical Engineering Services – Hydrology and Hydraulics
BRG Engineering – Independent Design Check

Project Timetable

Report/Study/AnalysisDue Date
Preliminary DesignJune 2012
Environmental ClearanceDecember 2012
Final DesignDecember 2013
Right of WayJuly 2014
Advertise for ConstructionDecember 2014
ConstructionJune through October 2015