January 11, 2017 – Earlier this afternoon, the Nevada County Department of Public Works re-opened Banner Quaker Hill near Cascade Shores. A 120-foot tall dead tree located on private property near the roadway recently split at its base and showed signed of falling onto the roadway during the recent heavy storm activity. Due to the size of the tree and the potential safety impacts to local residents and drivers, the County made the decision to close the road on Monday. The tree also threatened area homes and overhead utilities.
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With the storm activity subsiding and with the tree’s status remaining unchanged, the County has temporarily re-opened the road with warning signs informing the public of the potential tree hazard. Staff will continue to work with the private property owner and other partners in efforts to have the tree removed. County staff will also continue to monitor the tree, and any changes in the tree status may cause the County to close the road. In addition, future forecasts of inclement weather may result in a temporary closure.
We know that this road closure has caused delays and frustration for many local residents – many of which were unaware of the pending danger during the closure. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. If you have any additional questions about this road closures or if you have any other road concerns, please feel free to contact us at 530-265-1411.