Caltrans To Construct Trash Capture Device Near Tuolumne River in Modesto


Modesto, CA The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) begins construction this month to install a trash capture device along northbound State Route 99, preventing trash in storm water runoff from entering the Tuolumne River at Zeff Road.

The trash capture system will be located at the inlet of two existing culverts on the southeast side of SR-99 and the Tuolumne River, a location identified as a significant trash generating area. The project will help the department achieve zero trash from stormwater discharge into the lower reaches of the Tuolumne River. It is consistent with the Caltrans’ Statewide Trash Implementation plan and in compliance with the State Water Resource Control Board water quality objectives for trash pollutants.

Upon completion of the project, Caltrans District 10 Maintenance crews will perform routine maintenance of the system. This includes emptying trash and replacing trash bags seasonally, installing vandal-proof hardware to deter vandalism and theft, and inspecting the system after stormwater events.

This project is scheduled to begin the week of April 15, 2024, with completion expected in late May.

During construction, there will be one-way traffic control on Zeff Road, Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials and construction related issues.

This $607,500 project will be performed by Quimu Contracting, Inc. of Dixon, CA.


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