Bypass opens |

Bypass opens

The Truckee Bypass will open with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning.

After final striping and signing, the bypass will open to all traffic later in the day.

“This new bypass will allow traffic to avoid a chronic bottleneck in old town Truckee,” said Jeff Morales, director of the California Department of Transportation. “It also eases local traffic congestion and saves precious time for travelers heading for the recreation areas of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra.”

The new bypass features a new Interstate 80 interchange and a 1,500-foot span over the Truckee River, Glenshire Drive and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Work on the $33.5 million project began in Aug. 1999 and final completion is expected next spring.

The bypass will route traffic on Highway 267 to the east of Truckee, and the old highway will be re-named Donner Pass Road from the Highway 89 junction into downtown.

From West River Street to the bypass, it will be re-named Brockway Road.