Council OKs up to $600K in funding to preserve ramps
Truckee Town Council approved 5-0 up to $600,000 in funding Thursday to retain the existing westward facing ramps on Interstate 80 at Highway 89 North after construction of the Highway 267 Bypass.
Although the project to retain the ramps has not received final approval from the Federal Highway Administration, town staff proposed the matching funds as a good-faith measure. The intent is to encourage the Nevada County Transportation Commission and Caltrans to each provide a third of the funding.
“The town council through the efforts of councilmembers Bob Drake and Ron Florian have done a lot of work with the Caltrans and FHWA to get those plans approved,” Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said.
He said the town has “conceptual buy-in” from Caltrans on the ramps, but some issues must still be resolved.
“There’s some ditches out there and those tend to be viewed as wetlands, so we’ll probably have some issues to deal with,” Wilkins said.
Councilmember Bob Drake said the approval of the funding is a good move.
“This is a strategy with the NCTC, to show them that Truckee has put up the money and we’re willing to do this,” Drake said. “I believe it is the right way to go.” Drake is Truckee’s representative on the NCTC.
CTC Chairman Ed Sylvester’s term expires this year. Because he has been a strong supporter of Truckee on the ramps issue, town staff and council agreed it would be best to get the funding approved before the end of his term.
George Robertson of Glenshire questioned whether the $600,000 figure was the maximum amount that would be spent, and whether the town could face additional risk as a result of the funding’s approval.
Wilkins said he would have to come before council for any increase in the funding.
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