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Nine Truckee road, rehab projects to be aware of this summer

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Several projects ranging from roadway widening to trail construction are planned this summer in Truckee.

“Our strategy with all these projects is to develop requirements for the contractors that will result in minimal delays to the public, but to give them maximum flexibility in how they chose to pursue the work,” said Dan Wilkins, public works director/town engineer for Truckee.

Since only two projects — No. 5 and 8 — had contractors as of Wednesday, details for the remaining projects such as hours of work could change.

Below is a summary of projects:

1. The next — and potentially — final phase of the Glenshire Drive road project is scheduled from early July into early October. From Donner Pass Road to Olympic Drive, the 24-foot-wide road will be increased to 32 feet, with two 11-foot wide travel lanes and two 5-foot paved shoulder/bike lanes. In addition, drainage culverts will be replaced and stormwater treatment infrastructure will be installed. Work will be done at night, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Friday, with some Saturday work possible, but daytime work isn’t ruled out. For nighttime work, Glenshire Drive will likely be closed to through traffic. Olympic Heights residents will be allowed to use the old Greenwood neighborhood as a detour, with other traffic directed to Interstate 80 and the Hirschdale exit. Cost: About $2.5 million, with funding coming Measure A, the predecessor of Measure V, the town’s half-cent sales tax that funds town roadway improvements.

2. Dependent upon securing Caltrans approvals and getting utility relocations done, similar work on the remaining section of Glenshire Drive from Olympic Drive to roughly 1,000 feet east of the Highland Avenue intersection is planned for late August through October. Most work will be done in the day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some Saturday work possible. Alternate one-way traffic flows will be in effect, with a maximum 5-minute delay. Cost: About $1.25 million, from Measure V and a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant.

3. Approximately 4 miles of roadway, including Brockway Road from Estates Drive to West River Street, will be repaved in August and September. Work will be done during the day, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with Saturday work possible. Up to 10- to 15-minute delays possible, with alternate one-way traffic flow. Cost: About $2 million, primarily from Measure V.

4. From mid-July through October, work on a portion of the Brickelltown upgrade is planned. Sidewalks and sctreetscape improvements will be installed between Spring Street and McIver Roundabout. Depending on when the town can acquire an easement from Union Pacific Railroad, work could be done on the south side of the road between the old Flying A gas station to High Camp Home this summer. If not, that work would be done next summer, along with a second phase of the project. Work could be done either during the day or night, depending on the contractor. When businesses are open, the town will require access to them is maintained. At night, when businesses are closed, alternate one-way traffic flow and in limited instances of road closures would be allowed. Cost (for this year): About $3 million, from Redevelopment Successor Agency bond funds.

5. Starting in mid-May, work will begin on a pedestrian railroad crossing project at Bridge Street in downtown Truckee. During construction, anticipated to take a week, the crossing at Bridge Street will be closed to through traffic, day and night, and detoured to McIver Roundabout. Cost: About $65,000, from Measure V.

6. In late June through early August, slurry seal projects will be done in Tahoe Donner, Glenshire, subdivisions surrounding Donner Lake and the old Greenwood subdivision for a total of about 45 miles of roadway. Work will be done in the daytime, Monday through Friday, with possible Saturday work. Minor traffic impacts, with one day impacts on any individual road. Cost: About $1 million, from Measure V and a special parcel charge for Tahoe Donner and Glenshire.

7. Dependent upon an easement securement, work on the first phase of the two-phased Trout Creek Trail project will start in July through October. Work on the 10-foot wide paved trail, which would connect Northwoods Boulevard to downtown, will likely be during the day, Monday through Friday, with no traffic impacts. Cost: About $2 million, from a special Tahoe Donner parcel charge.

8. Work to complete the Truckee River Legacy Trail Phase 3B has begun. The town recently approved an early completion incentive for the 2.2-mile trail section, but it does not guarantee that it will be completed before this fall. When complete, it will connect Glenshire to the Truckee River Regional Park. No impact to vehicle traffic. Cost: $3.74 million budgeted in fiscal year 2013-14, with a $2.9 million California River Parkways grant and other funding sources.

9. Depended upon an easement securement and utility relocation, the Trout Creek Restoration Project would start in mid-July through early October. Work will be done during the day, Monday through Friday, with possible weekend work. There will be minimal traffic disruptions. Cost: $1.5 million, covered by Redevelopment Successor Agency bond funds and Prop 50 funds.


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