Replacement of the deck and railings on the Sacramento River Bridge Overhead on Southbound Interstate 5 by Caltrans was announced at the Dunsmuir City Council during their Dec. 19 meeting.

Replacement of the deck and railings on the Sacramento River Bridge Overhead on Southbound Interstate 5 by Caltrans was announced at the Dunsmuir City Council during their Dec. 19 meeting.

The council also reelected Juliana Lucchesi as Dunsmuir’s Mayor and Matthew Bryan was re-elected as Vice Mayor for another year-long term.

Caltrans Project Manager Kerry Molz gave a presentation to the Dunsmuir Council of the proposed project to restore the deck and railings of the structure restoring reliability and longevity that has been found to have elevated chlorides, indicating active corrosion.

The project will be federally and state funded.

The bridge, built in 1955, and subsequently widened in 1983, is not considered eligible to the National Register of Historic Places. At postmile 2.5-3.0 within the City of Dunsmuir, the bridge crosses over Upper Soda Road, the Sacramento River, the Tauhindauli Park and Trail and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2022 and be completed in the fall of 2023. The proposed project consists of a complete superstructure replacement which includes deck and pier/spandrel column caps. Approximately 50-150 feet of new conforming approaches on the south end of the bridge will be built.

It is anticipated that there will be temporary closures and restriction to public access for public safety under the bridge, on parts of the trail, and along the river during some of the construction activities but the Tauhindauli Park will remain open.

Other business

In other Dunsmuir City Council business, Workshops in 2020 to educate the Dunsmuir community on the city’s budgets issues, purposes of TOT and/or TUT tax increases and two-year vision of the city were approved by the council. Councilors are volunteering to lead these groups. Workshop schedules will be discussed at the next meeting.

The City of Dunsmuir owns a commercially zoned parcel of land in south Dunsmuir. This 11.6-acre lot is landlocked and has no services available to it. After discussion by City Manager Todd Juhasz and the council, they voted to sell the parcel.

Lucchesi announced that there is grant money available for upgrading fireplaces and wood stoves in the city. The only qualification is that the woodstove is the primary source of heat. For more information, contact the Dunsmuir City Hall or the Dunsmuir Resource Center.

A full-time code enforcer/animal control officer for the City of Dunsmuir is expected to start Jan. 13.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ben Whetstine reported there were 500 hours of patrol in Dunsmuir, including 170 calls. There were 17 total cases, 14 traffic related stops, three citations given, four arrests made, one felony arrest, and four misdemeanor arrests.

Of the arrests, one misdemeanor was for public intoxication on Dunsmuir Ave., one felony burglary arrest for the Cornerstone Cafe, one assisted Siskiyou County Probation with a probation arrest on Florence Loop, and one misdemeanor drug possession/probation violation arrest on Upper Soda Road that netted .1 grams of methamphetamine.

Calls for service included three burglaries, two thefts, one domestic violence, two vandalisms on Dunsmuir Ave., and 10 for disturbing the peace.

Dunsmuir City Hall will be closed Dec. 25 and 31 and on Jan. 1 due to staffing shortage.