Donner Lake bike lanes may be finished this year
August 25, 2008
The Donner Lake bike lanes project, originally planned over the course of two years, may wrap up this construction season.
The project aims to improve drainage on Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake and extend bike lanes from where they end at Moraine Road out to South Shore Drive. Originally the drainage work was expected to last through this construction season, putting the widening off until next year.
“The contractors basically started at South Shore putting in culverts and should be at the guard rail by the end of this week,” said Todd Landry, senior engineer for the Town of Truckee. “When they’re done with the culverts they’ll go back and do the widening.”
The roadway will be widened by eight feet, opening up four-foot bike lanes on either side of the road, Landry said.
He said he’s been speaking to property owners along the lake, trying to make sure the widened road doesn’t create too many conflicts with stair ways and parking.
“So far it’s been relatively easy because at the west end it’s wider. But some of the trickiest work is yet to come,” Landry said.
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Landry said public feedback has been mostly positive.
“Folks recognize the safety issue for the bicyclists,” Landry said. “Overall people seem supportive of the project.”
But Charlie White, owner of Donner Lake Realty, said there are still some concerned property owners.
“People are still really upset about it [losing parking or stairway landings],” White said. “I think this is going to cause more problems then it will fix.”
Landry said a later part of the planned work will include re-aligning the Donner Pass Road/ South Shore Drive intersection to make it more like a T, in hopes of slowing drivers down turning in that intersection.
One phase of work that might not be complete this year is resurfacing of Donner Pass Road, Landry said, which, depending on weather, may have to wait until next season.
“That may not be a bad thing because it would allow us to watch the drainage over the winter, and then finish up in the spring,” Landry said.
As construction workers have cut into the road bed to work on drainage, traffic has been limited down to one lane, Landry said, but delays have been kept to a minimum.
“It’s nice they aren’t working on the weekends or in the middle of the night like on I-80,” White said.
For more information on the Donner Pass Road bike lane project, go to http://www.townoftruckee.com.