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Tahoe City Fanny Bridge project to break ground after July 4

This schematic shows a simulation of what the roundabout would look like at the "Wye" in Tahoe City.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — While an exact groundbreaking date remains uncertain, a multimillion-dollar project designed to reduce traffic congestion in Tahoe City is slated to rev up after the Fourth of July.

The Highway 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project consists of replacing the aging Fanny Bridge with a new two-lane bridge over the Truckee River, realigning Highway 89 and installing three roundabouts — one at the "Wye" intersection and one at either end of the new Highway 89 alignment.

"We do not have a set date yet because we're still at that point of dotting the I's and crossing the T's so everything can go out to bid," Russ Nygaard, Tahoe Transportation District transportation capital program manager, said at the June 2 Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association meeting. "The hope is that it will (go out to bid) before the end of this month (June)."

Nygaard said once the month-long bid period and subsequent award stage is completed, the two-phase project would break ground.

This summer's work — phase 1 — will include the Highway 89 realignment, which adds a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, and the installation of the two roundabouts at either end.

The new 89 alignment is expected to open for use in summer 2017, as work begins on Phase 2 of the project — construction of the new Fanny Bridge, "Wye" roundabout and street enhancements along the "old" Highway 89 route, which will become a local road.

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It's possible, Nygaard said, that some of the Phase 1 work will carry over into summer 2017 and be finished up then.

"Depending how fast this can get out to bid and get going, how much of this can get done this season is yet to be seen," he said.

Construction of the project will cost an estimated $26.3 million, with funding provided by the Federal Lands Access Program, California Transportation Commission Active Transportation Program and Placer County, according to previous reports.

More online

Visit FannyBridge.org to learn more about the project.