Final $4.9 million for Tahoe City’s Fanny Bridge overhaul secured | SierraSun.com

Final $4.9 million for Tahoe City’s Fanny Bridge overhaul secured

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This schematic shows a simulation of what the roundabout would look like at the "Wye" in Tahoe City.
Courtesy TTD |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe Transportation District announced Wednesday it has secured the remaining $4.9 million in funding required for the Fanny Bridge overhaul project in Tahoe City.

The project proposes a new bridge over the Truckee River and realigning Highway 89 by adding a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, while redesignating a portion of the existing highway by the bridge to a street that would be open to all traffic.

It also proposes three roundabouts that would essentially form a triangle — one at the “Wye,” and one at either end of the new bypass.

In May, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board unanimously approved the roughly $30 million overhaul, known officially as the State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project.

According to a press release from Weidinger Public Relations — issued on behalf of TTD — the $4.9 million secured through the California Transportation Commission includes an additional $3 million, roughly, for the adjacent Meeks Bay Trail Project.

“The project at Meeks Bay will extend the off highway bike trail from Sugar Pine Point State Park to Meeks Bay Resort, improving connectivity with Tahoe City,” according to the release.

Other funds for the entire project include $25 million from the Federal Lands Access Program (awarded in 2013) and $3 million from Placer County.

According to TTD, the new two-lane bridge, similar in size to the existing Fanny Bridge, will be built east of the existing Caltrans yard, along Highway 89 heading into Tahoe City.

“The project represents a critical contribution to the future of the region, by promoting safety, economic vitality, complete street and environmental improvements, while maintaining the distinctive character of Tahoe City,” Carl Hasty, district manager of TTD, said in a statement. “We want to protect the natural resources that makes this area so special.”

The existing section of Highway 89 between Fanny Bridge and the eastern roundabout on West Lake Boulevard north of Granlibakken Road will be relinquished by the state to Placer County and redesigned as a “complete street,” according to TTD, which “integrates the needs of people and place, making the street network better and safer for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists.”

Work is scheduled to start in summer 2016. Completion of the entire projects is expected in 2018.

“Tahoe Transportation District’s leadership is redefining how to approach and execute projects in a timely manner,” said Carlos Monje Jr., assistant secretary for transportation policy at U.S. Department of Transportation. “We are looking forward to growing our partnerships with the Basin, and to more projects in Nevada and California.” 

For information, visit http://www.FannyBridge.org or email suggestions@fannybridge.org.