Lassen Volcanic National Park Road Project Ready for Bids
Contact: Mary G. Martin, (530) 595- 4444, ext. 5101
Lassen Volcanic National Park in cooperation with the Central Federal Lands Highway Division of the Federal Highways Administration has announced that they will soon be accepting bids on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Road project. Both design and environmental compliance for the next section of road repairs and asphalt rehabilitation have been completed. Representatives from the Federal Highways Administration and the National Park Service will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 28th for an informal pre- bid site visit to provide limited information for prospective bidders.
“Work is anticipated to begin in the spring of 2007 on the project which is located in southern Shasta County. It is tentatively scheduled for advertisement in Fall/Winter 2006. This advance notice and subsequent meeting is being given because snow and adverse weather may prevent contractors from viewing the actual project area at the time the project is actually advertised. Officials from the Federal Highway Administration and the park will be available to answer questions about the project from prospective bidders,” said Superintendent Mary G. Martin.
“While there may be some traffic delays next summer we anticipate an increase in overall visitor satisfaction as a result of this project,” said Superintendent Martin. Construction begins where the former 2003 road work ended near the Bumpass Hell Parking Lot and extends northward beyond the Summit Lake Area. The road, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will not change alignment or character. In addition to pavement and drainage improvements there will be access enhancements to the following areas: Lake Helen Picnic Area, Lassen Peak Parking Lot, Kings Creek Picnic Area Road, Summit Lake Day Use Parking Lot, Summit Lake Trailhead Parking, Hat Lake Parking area, and Devastated Area Parking.
Did You Know?
On the evening of May 14, 1915, incandescant blocks of lava could be seen bouncing down the flanks of Lassen Peak from as far away as the town of Manton, 20 miles to the west.