Major Truckee road project to snarl traffic this summer
May 10, 2013
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A major road-widening project on Glenshire Drive will shut down the oft-traveled route to through traffic at night for roughly three months this summer, an official said.
The road is currently 24 feet wide, with two 12-foot travel lanes, and will be widened to 32 feet, with two 11-foot wide travel lanes and two 5-foot shoulder paved bikes lanes, said Dan Wilkins, public works director and town of Truckee engineer.
From 900 feet east of the Highland Avenue/Glenshire Drive intersection to the Berkshire Circle/Glenshire Drive intersection, roadwork will be done from early July and continue to mid-October, Monday through Saturday, with the road being closed to through traffic from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The only exception will be for those who live within the construction zone; all other traffic will be redirected to Interstate 80 and can re-enter the subdivision using the Hirschdale exit.
"That will allow the construction work to happen more quickly, which should make it less expensive and should make it less of an inconvenience over the life of the construction," said Wilkins, regarding the decision to close Glenshire Drive.
From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., drainage culverts will be replaced, stormwater detention basins will be installed, retaining walls will be constructed in spot locations, and erosion control work will be done. One-way traffic control will be in effect, with up to 5-minute delays.
This summer's work is estimated to cost $3.3 million, with funding coming from road maintenance sales tax and the Truckee Traffic Impact Fee account, Wilkins said. A second phase will continue in the summer of 2014, extending from the Highland/Glenshire intersection to the Glenshire/Donner Pass Road intersection. Traffic handling measures will be developed this winter.
A slurry seal project this summer will impact 40 miles of roadway throughout the town, including West River Street and Prosser Dam Road, as well as a third of Tahoe Donner roads, a third of Glenshire roads and all Prosser Lakeview roads, Wilkins said.
Work will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with possible Saturday work, over a four-week period between mid-June and Oct. 1. Those four weeks won't be determined until a contractor is selected, but the town hopes work will be done earlier in the summer, Wilkins said.
One-way traffic control will be in effect, with up to 5-minute delays. Estimated cost for the project in $650,000, financed by road maintenance sales tax and Truckee special service area funds from Tahoe Donner and Glenshire.
A third project this summer involves Brockway Road. Crews will construct a 10-foot paved trail between Truckee River Regional Park and The Rock commercial center and install a sewer line beneath the trail. Work is expected to be from early June to early October and cost $740,000 — $606,000 for the trail and $134,000 for the sewer line, Wilkins said. A majority of funding is coming from a state bicycle trails account grant, with private funding from the Winter Creek subdivision and Cedar House Sport Hotel being a secondary funding source.
The bulk of construction won't affect roadway traffic, Wilkins said, except for spot locations such as near the entrance of the Ponderosa Golf Course, where the trail will come close to the roadway. Work will be during the day, with delays not expected to exceed 5 minutes on Brockway Road.
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