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$30.1 million contract awarded for Tahoe City Fanny Bridge project

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Visit FannyBridge.org for full project information and history. You can also contact TTD Outreach Specialist Margaret Skillicorn at suggestions@FannyBridge.org or 530-550-7578.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe Transportation District on Monday announced that Martin Brothers Construction has been awarded a $30.1 million construction contract for the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization and Dollar Creek Shared-Use Trail projects.

Central Federal Lands Highway Division is the lead agency for construction, which is scheduled to begin fall 2016 and be completed summer 2018, according to a news release from TTD.

"We are glad to be moving forward with the selection of Martin Brothers to construct a project that will truly enhance the Tahoe City community," Carl Hasty, district manager of TTD, said in a statement. "Caltrans, Placer County, Tahoe City Public Utility District, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, US Forest Service and CFLHD all deserve a lot of credit for coming together to craft a project design that addresses the needs of the local community, agency management objectives and regional environmental goals."

According to TTD, project benefits include improvement of pedestrian and cyclist safety in and around the Tahoe City "Wye," at the highways 28/89 intersection; replacement of the aging 88-year-old Fanny Bridge; upgrades to the existing 40-plus-year-old sewer pipe line from Tahoe City to Truckee; and implementation of new sidewalks, street lamps and aesthetic treatments, among others.

"When dealing with an emergency, every minute counts to save a life or property. Having more than one means to access and egress an area is much more preferable than a single source," North Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Schwartz said in a statement. "With just the one existing highway crossing for years over the Truckee River on Fanny Bridge, emergency access to the West Shore has long been a Fire District concern."

Once the project is completed, the stretch of road starting on the north side of Fanny Bridge extending to the new roundabout on West Lake Boulevard will become a Placer County-maintained road.

"As a local road, the 25 mph speed zone will be suitable for walking, biking, jogging and simply relaxing," according to TTD. "Another benefit to a local road is that it can be closed for various events such as street fairs, farmers markets and performing arts."

Long-term environmental benefits touted by TTD include a reduction in air pollution from idling vehicles due to traffic back-up, as well as a reduction in sediment run-off into Lake Tahoe from upgraded stormwater treatment included in project plans.

The contract includes Placer County's Dollar Creek Shared-Use Trail Project, which proposes 2.2 miles of new shared-use trail along the north shore of Lake Tahoe near Highway 28 between Dollar Hill and Tahoe Vista.

The project will also reportedly include a bridge over Dollar Creek, a marked pedestrian crossing at Highway 28 and Dollar Drive, and a neighborhood connector at County Club Drive.

Martin Brothers Construction, with offices in Sacramento and San Diego, was founded in 1996 by Tranquilino and Felipe Martin in Elk Grove, Calif. Visit martinbrothers.net to learn more.