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$30 million Tahoe City bridge, highway overhaul gets OK from TRPA

TAHOE CITY, Calif. —It appears a new-look Tahoe City is in the North Shore's near future.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board on Wednesday unanimously approved the the roughly $30 million State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project.

The Tahoe Transportation District-backed project proposes a new bridge over the Truckee River and realigning Highway 89 by adding a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, while redesignating a portion of the existing highway by the bridge to a street that would be open to all traffic.

It also proposes three roundabouts that would essentially form a triangle — one at the "Wye," and one at either end of the new bypass.

In April, TRPA's Advisory Planning Commission as well as the TTD Board recommended certification of the project's environmental document, and the Placer County Board of Supervisors void 4-1 on May 19 to approve.

According to a news release, if the Federal Highway Administration and Central Federal Lands Highway Division sign the "Finding of No Significant Impact," TTD can move forward with funding finalization and design components.

According to previous reports, the project will be funded through the Federal Lands Access Program.

"We want to support every possible opportunity to make our communities at Lake Tahoe more walkable and bikeable, and this Fanny Bridge project for Tahoe City is a major step forward in achieving our goals of improved mobility, safety and community revitalization," Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency executive director, said in a statement.

Project design is scheduled for completion this October, according to TTD. Work is scheduled to start in 2016 with estimated completion in 2018.

Other project enhances include two emergency egress and ingress points for West Shore residents and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District, according to the district.

Visit FannyBridge.org to learn more.