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Construction season isn’t just for highways

Greyson Howard
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Greyson Howard/Sierra Sun Photo IllustrationA cyclist on a paved portion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail in front of the Regional Park. Plans are underway to extend the Legacy Trail and connect the Regional Park along Brockway Road.
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TRUCKEE ” More paved trail connections are on their way for Truckee cyclists, walkers, runners, and others interested in getting around without a car.

Plans are underway for separated bike trails along Brockway Road, and work on the Truckee River Legacy Trail should start up again this May.

“Basically the idea is to connect the trail that runs along Brockway in front of the Regional Park further southeast from Estates Drive to Martis Valley Road and the Rock,” said Dan Wilkins, Director of Public Works and Engineering for the town.

An $81,400 contract for design and environmental baselines was recently awarded, Wilkins said, most likely setting the project up for two construction phases in 2010 and 2011.

“The reason for two phases is one part of the trail should be fairly straight-forward, and the other will cross wetlands,” Wilkins said.

Nancy Woolf, president of the Truckee Trails Foundation, said the Brockway Road trail will be an important connection.

“Right now the public has to go out into Brockway Road to reach the park from Sierra Meadows,” Woolf said. “It’s a dangerous stretch of roadway.”

The trail will also connect to the Truckee River Legacy Trail and others planned through the Martis Valley, Woolf said.

Along with acting as an advisor to the Truckee Trails Foundation is providing some of the funding for planning, along with grants and development fees from the Cedar House and Winter Creek, Wilkins said.

The Truckee River Legacy Trail, envisioned as the backbone of Truckee’s trail system running from Glenshire in the east to Donner Lake in the west along the river, is moving forward as well.

State funding that came to the town too late into the fall last year for construction is available and ready to pave the Legacy Trail from the Regional Park to the Riverview Sports Park, Dan Wilkins said.

Environmental work is underway for the leg that will run from the Riverview Sports Park to Glenshire, Wilkins said.

“We are working on the economic stimulus package, some of that money could be eligible so we are trying to get the environmental documents and trail easements in place in the next 10 months,” Wilkins said. “We think we can leverage $700,000 to $800,000.”