Caltrans shares snow storage with Truckee |

Caltrans shares snow storage with Truckee

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Under an informal agreement with Caltrans, the town of Truckee has been using a snow disposal site located beneath the southern end of the Highway 267 bypass bridge. The town now hopes to formalize the agreement.

The snow storage site, used by Caltrans for snow removed from the bypass, is the primary snow disposal site for snow removed from Truckee’s downtown area, said Caltrans Assistant Public Information Officer Roschelle Jenkins.

The draft agreement was approved by town council on Feb. 1, and has been sent to Caltrans to complete, said Public Works Director Dan Wilkins.

While town staff is also considering snow storage at the new corporation yard site currently owned by the U.S. Forest Service, the volume of snow that site could contain is still unknown, he said.

“The basic consideration whenever snow is disposed is that it’s best to have containment,” Wilkins said. “So as it melts it goes into the ground, as opposed to running-off into surface water.”

The agreement with Caltrans would allow the town to continue using the snow disposal site in exchange for the town’s help in the site clean-up and snow handling and movement during the winter, he said.

“This is a good example of Caltrans working together with the town,” Wilkins said.

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