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Truckee’s Brickelltown upgrade to enter next phase in the spring

Josh Staab
jstaab@sierrasun.com

TRUCKEE, Calif. — As the first phase of the Brickelltown streetscape project nears completion, a timetable for phase two has been set and approved on the roughly $5 million project.

Last week, Truckee Town Council voted to authorize the $3.29 million phase-two construction contract to Reno-based Q&D Construction for remaining beautification measures in the district located just west of historic downtown Truckee.

Phase two will focus on improving pedestrian access and overall infrastructure along Donner Pass Road between the McIver Crossing roundabout and Truckee Town Center at Jibboom and Spring streets.

Construction is expected to begin spring 2016 and finish by September 2017, said Jessica Thompson, the town's senior engineer working on the project.

The second phase will involve undergrounding utilities, as well as installing streetscape improvements from the McIver Roundabout to where the improvements will conform at the High Camp Home and Marg's Taco Bistro businesses.

Improvements include new sidewalks, concrete planters, lights, paver crosswalks and new parking configurations on DPR between McIver and the town center.

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According to the town, existing overhead utilities will be placed underground on DPR, which could be milled and/or pulverized and paved between McIver and Spring Street.

In addition, the town has contracted with Holdrege & Kull Consulting Engineers and Geologists, out of Nevada City, for materials testing and special inspection, in the amount of $55,450.

The project crosses land owned by many property users, including the town of Truckee, Union Pacific Railroad and private owners.

Contingent upon approval, the project required agreements with agencies for undergrounding their facilities and cost sharing of items such as the replacement of water lines.

Meanwhile, nearby businesses bear the brunt of the construction impact — still, it appears most have had few issues.

"Businesses have expressed an uptick in pedestrian visits and an uptick in business," Thompson said.

Businesses also help pay for project, through the formation in March 2014 of the Brickelltown maintenance district.

It's estimated the district will collect about $65,000 annually through the tax, to be used for snow removal/disposal, sweeping, landscaping maintenance, street lighting and other uses.

While the second phase of construction is sure to bring its fair share of traffic snarls next spring, Thompson said temporary signage will be erected, letting passersby know that area businesses will be open.

More online

Visit bit.ly/1OcvLxe to learn more about the two-phased Brickelltown streetscape project and its complete history.