Donner Pass Road improvements will continue through August |

Donner Pass Road improvements will continue through August

For the next few weeks, Donner Pass Road will be under construction, as a contractor hired by the Town of Truckee completely rebuilds the thoroughfare from the old McIver Dairy Site to the Coldstream intersection.

On Monday, Advanced Asphalt began work on Donner Pass Road, beginning in the westbound lane near the dairy site and moving west.

Town Engineer Jon Lander said the crews will grind up the westbound lane to the Highway 89 South intersection, and then pave the ground-up area.

“They will continue to grind from Highway 89 to Northwoods,” Lander said. On Wednesday, July 22, they will pave that portion.”

Phase one of the project – the reconstruction of the westbound lane, is expected to last through July 23, Lander said. Phase two – the reconstruction of the eastbound lane, will be completed in mid-August, with a final overlay beginning Monday, Aug. 17. Lander said the final overlay should be complete by Aug. 21.

After the overlay is complete, he said the crews will adjust utility manholes on Donner Pass Road during the last week of August.

During the construction, he urged motorists to be cautious and alert, and follow the directions of the road workers. The town will post a 25 mph speed limit in the construction areas.

“We expect to have a lane in each direction at all times,” Lander said. “However, the center turn lane will not exist in areas where we are working.”

Other road work is expected to begin in Tahoe Donner in mid-August, with a substantial portion of the subdivision’s roads being repaired or repaved.

Other projects

The road repairs are but a portion of the work now under way in Truckee. Construction of the western undercrossing downtown is proceeding on schedule, as Burdick Excavating of Kings Beach digs out the underpass under the bridge built by Union Pacific Railroad. Lander said the project will not interfere with traffic much, as it is located off the roadway.

Work is also proceeding on schedule at the new Glenshire Bridge. Lander said Shasta Construction recently excavated a hole for one of the bridge’s piers, and is waiting for the piling contractor to arrive.

This week the contractor is building a construction trestle from which the company will work on the new bridge structure. Pile-driving for the trestle began Monday.

– By John Bayless

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