From a Press Release from Assemblyman James Gallagher
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Curtis Grima
May 26, 2017 (916) 319-2003
Assemblyman Gallagher’s Dam Safety and Feather River Bridge Bills Advance
SACRAMENTO — Today, Assemblyman James Gallagher (R- Yuba City) was successful in advancing two important infrastructure bills, AB 1270 and AB 810, through the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 1270 aims to enhance state dam inspections and maintenance planning, and AB 810 would help provide funding for a third bridge crossing of the Feather River in Yuba City.
“Both of these bills are critically important for residents of the North State,” said Assemblyman Gallagher. “Those of us living in the shadow of Oroville Dam need assurances that actions will be taken to improve our infrastructure inspections and maintenance. AB 1270 is a tool to help accomplish this goal.”
Current code only requires dams to be inspected “from time to time” and does not specify what type of inspection (visual or physical) is required. AB 1270 would require DWR to perform annual visual and physical inspections of dams and reservoirs. Additionally, the bill would require DWR, on an annual basis, to submit a 5-year infrastructure improvement, maintenance, and funding plan for dams and reservoirs maintained by the State.
Gallagher’s other bill, AB 810, would help facilitate the building of a third bridge across the Feather River in Yuba City by allowing locals to keep funds from the sale of properties that the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) acquired to build a third bridge crossing over the Feather River. Unfortunately, Caltrans is no longer pursuing the project and is selling properties it had acquired for the project as excess.
“There have long been discussions about the need for a third bridge in Yuba City to meet current and future travel demands. My bill would allow the City to use funds from the sale of the Caltrans project for a local crossing project that could include a low flow crossing of the Feather River,” said Gallagher. “Since these properties were originally acquired to benefit Yuba and Sutter county motorists, the funds from the sale of the parcels should be spent in these counties.”
AB 1270 and 810 now head to the Assembly Floor for further consideration.
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Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa counties.