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Get ready for one more roundabout

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Photo by Ryan Salm/Sierra SunThe intersection of Martis Valley Road and Brockway Road will be the site of a new roundabout.

The Town of Truckee has committed to building a roundabout at Brockway Road and Martis Valley Road, but may renegotiate its contract with townhome developers that are slated to bear a portion of the traffic feature’s cost.

Construction estimates for the traffic circle have risen nearly $1 million since the town and the developers of the Greens at Ponderosa and Ponderosa Village agreed to split the cost of the project. The town was to bear 70 percent of the cost and the developers were responsible for 30 percent of the project now estimated to cost $1.85 million.

But the agreement also stated that if prices rose more than 15 percent, the cost sharing could be re-negotiated.

The town council directed town staff to do exactly that.

“The delay that has caused the doubling of the construction fees was not the town’s doing, and I think we should reconsider the split of the cost,” said councilman Craig Threshie.

The town expects that construction on the roundabout could begin this summer.

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The Town of Truckee is considering roundabouts at several intersections. Truckee’s draft General Plan update, which has not yet been adopted, has a policy that says roundabouts should be constructed instead of traffic lights and traffic lights should be removed in favor of roundabouts where feasible.

Since some potential roundabout sites are located on state highways, Caltrans would ultimately have to approve the projects.

– Highway 89 north, Prosser Dam Road and Alder Drive ” This roundabout would be financed by the developers of Gray’s Crossing, Pine Forest and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

– Highway 89 north and Donner Pass Road

– Highway 89 south and Deerfield Drive ” This project could be completed when Sierra College builds its new Truckee campus on McIver Hill.