first_imgUrris Ridge is one of Ireland’s classic coastal ridges and the venue for this year’s Donegal Mountain Rescue Team Fundraiser.The team are running a guided walk which will take place on Saturday 22nd June.The walk will last approx 3 ½ hours, starting at the Grotto on Mamore Gap and ending at Fort Dunree. For safety reasons, this walk is limited to the first 150 people to register. Walkers will be split into 3 groups with the following start times: Group 1 – 20.00hrs Group 2 – 20.30hrs Group 3 – 21.00hrs For Safety Reasons:* Children under 12 years old are not permitted* Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult* Consumption of alcohol is forbidden * Pets are not permittedMandatory Equipment Requirements* Good hiking boots / footwear NO TRAINERS* Hat & Gloves* Water * Food (sandwiches, fruit, chocolate and energy bars)* Torch (head torch or hand)* Waterproofs (jacket/trousers) No Jeans/ Denim Fort Dunree Military Museum have kindly given us the use of their carpark and facilities to enable us to run the event. Fort Dunree will be the only connection point for the shuttle service taking you to the start of the walk. Road access to the start of the walk will be restricted to shuttle buses and emergency vehicles only. To register for the walk and get your start time, please contact Donegal MRT on 087 6502 746 Price also includes shuttle service & light refreshments at the end of the walk.DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM PLANNING URRIS RIDGE MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WALK was last modified: May 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM PLANNING URRIS RIDGE MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT WALKlast_img read more

Bridge closures washing out profits for local businesses

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week An employee of Eldiali, Nimeri Hassan, said he had little work to do over the four days while he waiting for customers. “We’re usually busy all the time, but we were just sitting around, wondering if customers were going to arrive,” Hassan said. With other nearby businesses, such as the 7-Eleven, losing more than half their income during the closure and residents forced to make lengthy detours to reach an entrance ramp to the Pomona Freeway, many of those affected worry about what may be in store during the coming rainy season. Raymond Diaz lives on Gallatin Road close to Rosemead where the street was closed down earlier this month. As a retiree he rarely uses the freeway, but he knew neighbors who had their daily commutes interrupted, he said. “Luckily, I don’t have to drive very far anywhere,” Diaz said. “But some of my working neighbors weren’t happy when it took them longer to get to work.” PICO RIVERA — – Heavy rains this winter could mean the end of Osman Eldiali’s business if Caltrans is forced to again close the Rosemead Boulevard bridge over the nearby San Gabriel River. The closure of the bridge between Gallatin Road and San Gabriel Boulevard for four days this month marked the third time this year that heavy rains prompted Caltrans to close the road out of concern for motorists’ safety. Having barely survived this year’s earlier closings, Eldiali, owner of Ed’s Service Station on Rosemead Boulevard adjacent to the bridge, worries the winter rains will destroy his business completely after losing $10,000 over the recent four-day closure. “It killed my business,” Eldiali said. “I lost almost 85 percent of my income during that week. Last closing I lost a lot, but this time I lost so much because we were having a good price deal and were doing a good business. We had lots of customers.” Although the bridge closure causes a significant impact on the city, Caltrans is fully responsible for its cost and maintenance, not the city of Pico Rivera, said Bob Spencer, public information officer for the city. “It’s true that Rosemead (Boulevard) is a main thoroughfare from the (Pomona) 60 Freeway through Pico Rivera and places south,” Spencer said. “And it does cause people headaches when it gets shut down. But it’s a safety issue. Would people rather a bus go plunging into the river?” Judy Gish, spokeswoman for Caltrans, said engineers are still trying to deal with damage caused by last year’s record rains, which forced the bridge to be closed for three weeks in January. Caltrans closed it again in May, when inspectors noticed damage along the bottom of the pillars that hold up the bridge. Gish said a public safety concern arose when, following recent heavy rains, inspectors noticed erosion of the concrete lining protecting the footings of one of the bridge’s pillars. The erosion in turn had allowed the soil underneath the footing to erode also, causing the pillar to settle. Caltrans is currently waiting on permits to drive sheet-pile (thin sheets of steel) into the ground near the footing where the erosion occurred, and to reconstruct the concrete lining protecting the footings. Gish said Caltrans has spent $70,000 out of a total of $900,000 that has been allocated for the bridge’s repair work, all of which she anticipates will be spent. “There are no overall issues but age,” Gish said. “It’s an older structure that was built in the 1950s, so it’s not exactly the latest design. But there are no plans to replace the bridge, and we don’t anticipate the bridge being closed during construction, although we may close one lane on occasion. However, if we do get a significant rain, we might close it while erosion investigations are performed.” — Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more