Downtown road closures due to Trout Creek bridge |

Downtown road closures due to Trout Creek bridge

Construction of the new Trout Creek bridge appears to be flowing smoothly.

The Town of Truckee and Placerville-based Yubacon, Inc. have been working feverishly to finish the bridge project by the end of October, bringing with it four consecutive days of road closures this week.

The first phase of the Trout Creek restoration project addresses flooding in downtown Truckee, including water damage to Assumption Catholic Church on East Street in January 1997 and December 2005. The overall restoration project, which includes a three-mile stretch of Trout Creek, will rehabilitate the waterway in the next two to five years. The first-phase bridge project will restore about 600 feet of the creek.

Father Stanley Poltorak of Assumption Catholic Church said he is glad to see something being done about Trout Creek’s flooding issues.

“It seems to be moving along,” Poltorak said. “It (road closures) might be an inconvenience, but I’m very relieved.”

The bridge replacement was in danger of being pushed back until spring 2007.

However, the project got the go-ahead since the town will use a pre-fabricated culvert to replace the existing culvert that runs under Donner Pass Road, according to Dan Wilkins, the town’s director of public works.

Construction crews will also move four fiberoptic utility lines that need to be relocated under the new bridge, Wilkins said.

There will be a temporary steel-framed, two-lane bridge in place for roughly two weeks before the permanent bridge is completed.

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