Major upgrades on tap for Truckee’s Donner Pass Road |

Major upgrades on tap for Truckee’s Donner Pass Road

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town of Truckee next week will host a public meeting on major proposed upgrades for a good chunk of Donner Pass Road.

The project, called Envision DPR, includes planning for a number of improvements between the McIver roundabout near Brickelltown and Cold Stream Road on the west end of town near Donner Memorial State Park.

Envision DPR intends to develop a master plan for the corridor. The first phase of construction, planned to occur in 2016, would be partially funded by a $1.5 million grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, according to a news release provided by East River PR, on behalf of the town.

“The existing corridor was designed as a state highway and did not take into account its current function,” Becky Bucar, town engineering manager, said in a stamtent. “The Envision DPR project will give the community an opportunity to develop a corridor plan that accommodates all users, such as school children, shoppers, cyclists and visitors.

“Potential improvements range from sidewalks, crosswalks and bike lanes to roundabouts and center medians to create a more pedestrian and bike friendly environment, and to improve traffic flow.”

The town will host a public meeting at Truckee Town Hall from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29.

“Input will help shape the project to address the needs of residents, visitors, business and property owners,” Bucar said in a statement.

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