|Klamath County Board of Commissioners and the Klamath County Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on Tuesday, December 16, 2008, in regards to the Oregon Department of Transportation's request for a Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment to expand an existing Goal 5 resource (Aggregate Pit) on a 77-acre parcel zone Forestry/Range. The Klamath County Board of Commission adopted the Klamath County Planning Commission's recommendation for approval. The Final Order was signed on December 31, 2008. |
The Beatty Quarry will only be used on public highway projects, and will not operate continuously. It is estimated that the quarry will be used once every 18-22 year for major highway projects, and occasionally in-between major projects for emergency highway repair or maintenance.
Having a public rock source allows more contractors to bid for state highway projects, allowing the State to receive the most competitive bids possible, and the taxpayers to get the best transportation value for their tax dollar.
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- Develop a high quality rock source near Beatty, Oregon for use on state highway projects along OR 140.
- The first state highway project that may offer this as a potential rock source is the Modoc Billy Creek to Fish Hole Creek Project which will repave approximately 20 miles of OR 140. The Project is scheduled for construction in 2009.
- The Beatty Quarry is located on a 77 acre parcel of state owned land. Because of the requirement for concurrent reclamation, only about 10 acres of this parcel will be used for mining at any given time.
|The Quarry is located approximately 2.7 miles east of the community of Beatty, north of the OC&E Trail in the SW¼ of Section 17, T36S R13E. The current quarry is approximately 10 acres in size. An attached map shows the location of the quarry and the access roads to the site. |
|Benefits of a public rock source|
Maintaining and constructing highways requires high quality sources of aggregate materials. More than 90% of a highway consists of rock or soil products. Sources of aggregate, an essential road building material, are an integral part of ODOT’s mission “To provide safe, efficient transportation systems to support economic development and livability for Oregonians”. |
The Beatty Quarry is an ODOT owned site purchased from Weyerhaeuser in 1995. By offering this quarry as material source for state highway projects, all contractors interested in bidding on the project have the option to consider the use of this site to obtain the aggregate materials needed for paving. This source is offered to all contractors with the same terms and conditions for use. Offering this site allows out-of-area contractors who do not own or control material sources in the area to bid on a project. ODOT does not require contractors to use this quarry; instead contractors have the option to use this quarry or to get the rock from local private or commercial quarries.
ODOT offers the use of state owned or controlled quarry sites to maximize the highway work that can be accomplished with Oregon tax dollars. Offering these quarry sites increases the number of contractors who can bid on a project, and therefore potentially lowers the cost of the project by encouraging competitive bidding. Records show that the more contractors that bid on a project, overall costs are lower providing a better value for the Oregon taxpayer.
|What to expect during quarry operations |
|When this quarry is used for a project, a portable crusher, screening plant, and hot mix asphalt plant will likely be located on-site, as well as common equipment such as bulldozers and front-end loaders. The contractor will be allowed to operate equipment in the quarry during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. Activities in the quarry will not occur on Sundays, or legal holidays. |
Since this is a hard rock quarry, the contractor will likely be utilizing air track drills and then explosives to loosen the rock. The contractor is required to provide a 48-hour advance notice to all adjacent property owners within 1500 feet of the site prior to blasting. ODOT requires the contractor to adhere to specifications to control fly rock and vibration levels during the blast.
Typical impacts to neighboring property owners during quarry activity include noise, dust, erosion, and truck traffic. ODOT puts several requirements in the contracts to reduce or mitigate these impacts, including:
- Dust control plans and dust abatement
- Adherence to noise standards
- Blasting safety and protection measures
- Site-specific erosion and pollution control plans
- Long-term site safety measures
- Concurrent development and reclamation efforts
- Maintenance of roads to current or better conditions before, during and after use operations