Truckee officials commemorate bridge in honor of the late ‘Doc’ Affeldt |

Truckee officials commemorate bridge in honor of the late ‘Doc’ Affeldt

THis bronze plaque honoring Robert “Doc” Affeldt adorns the bridge at the foot of East River Street in Truckee.
Courtesy Troy Corliss |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — On June 23, the Truckee Sanitary District held a ceremony dedicating the pedestrian bridge at the foot of East River Street in memory of former Board Director Robert W. “Doc” Affeldt, DDS.

Affeldt, who served on the TSD Board continuously for 49 years, died Sept. 6, 2015, at the age of 90.

A bronze plaque was unveiled at the ceremony. The plaque, which is mounted on the center span of the bridge, commemorates Affeldt’s years of service to the people of Truckee.

The bridge, which is a popular gateway to the Regional Park and the Truckee River Legacy Trail, was installed by the Truckee Sanitary District in 1997 to support a sanitary sewer pipeline.

The bridge will be known as the Robert “Doc” Affeldt Memorial Bridge. Current and former board members and employees of the Truckee Sanitary District along with friends and relatives of Affeldt were present for the unveiling ceremony.

According to current TSD Board President, Jerry Gilmore, “Doc was deeply respected and beloved by the entire community for the care with which he managed the business of the District, its employees, and its constituents. Naming the pedestrian bridge over the Truckee River in Doc’s honor is appropriate because of Doc’s long-standing work protecting the water quality of our local streams, rivers, and lakes.”

Affeldt’s daughter, Janna Guidas, thanked the Board for honoring her father.

“It is something our family will cherish forever,” said Guidas.

This article was provided by the The Truckee Sanitary District, the public agency responsible for the collection and conveyance of wastewater in the greater Truckee area. Visit to learn more.

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