Donner bike lanes still a go |

Donner bike lanes still a go

After tempers flared over the design contract for bike lanes along Donner Lake in December, Truckee council members voted unanimously Jan. 17 to provide additional funding and move ahead with the project.

Both improving drainage along Donner Lake and widening that stretch of Donner Pass Road to include two, 4-foot bike lanes, the project was first slated for summer of 2007.

But a complex set of obstacles ” creating a new road alignment between parking areas, existing structures and requirements from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board ” both delayed work and increased design costs, said the town’s senior engineer Todd Landry.

This meant that the firm designing the project, Bickett Engineering, had to come back to the town for more funding and time in December, to the consternation of some council members.

“This time it went much better,” Landry said of the January meeting. “Council had no problem approving the amendment.”

With an additional $173,064 awarded, the total is now up to over $557,000 dollars, he said, and should put the project on track to begin this summer.

“Drainage will come first with 30 to 35 new drain pipes and culverts,” he said. “Widening work for the new lanes will probably be in 2009.”

Landry said he anticipates some issues with traffic along the lake with a mid-June start date, as well as from utility lines that may be under the roadway.

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