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Legacy trail could receive $125,000

Scott Hess, Sierra Sun

The Town of Truckee is requesting $125,000 to put toward the Truckee River Legacy Trail project.

According to the town, the State of California allocates funds to the Nevada County Transportation Commission, which in turn allocates Local Transportation Fund Pedestrian and Bicycle Funds to various projects in the county.

The town is not guaranteed the funding, but Truckee Town Engineer and Public Works Director Dan Wilkins said the NCTC sets up “target allocations” for different projects in the county, and usually sticks by those targets.

“Generally, those target allocations have been honored in the past,” Wilkins said. However, that is no guarantee that the NCTC will give the money, Wilkins added.

With plans of extending the Legacy Trail in progress in Truckee, the town decided to request the funds specifically for the project. The section of the trail the town currently wants to create is between Truckee Regional Park and the newly-constructed Truckee Sports Park.

Currently, the project cost for the connection between the parks is estimated at $370,000 – $220,000 of which has come from State Parks Bond Act funding. Also, the Truckee Donner Park and Recreation District has allocated $50,000 for the Legacy Trail project.

The Truckee River Legacy Trail now stretches through Truckee Regional Park, but plans are in the works for many more miles of trails. Wilkins said the ultimate goals for the trail would be to have the trail go as far east as Glenshire, west to Donner Lake, and eventually meet up with the trail near Squaw Valley.

“The Tahoe City trail system would merge with the trail section from Truckee,” Wilkins said.

The Legacy Trail has been an on-going effort and Wilkins said the Truckee Noon Rotary has been a major contributor to the project.

“The Rotary has identified the Truckee River Legacy Trail as their major project,” Wilkins said. “The Rotary Club got phase 1 built … in a large part, that’s what’s going on with this phase, is they are getting it built.”

The NCTC, at its meeting in Grass Valley on Nov. 19, will discuss the allocation and determine whether or not to give the funds to Truckee.


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