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Legacy Trail faces yet another review

The Truckee River Legacy Trail surfacing question will be debated by one more administrative body tonight.

Supervisors with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, property owner and easement holder for the trail’s first two phases, will discuss allowing the town to pave the route’s second segment between the regional park and sports park.

“Right now the trail and all easements for phases one and two are owned by the rec department,” said General Manager Steve Randall of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. “The board will be potentially looking at turning the trail over to the town for paving.”

Town of Truckee Public Works Director Dan Wilkins said while the town has approved a policy to pave the Legacy Trail, the decision on the trail’s first two legs is ultimately up to the Recreation and Park District.

“If the district says it doesn’t want the trail paved, we would respect that,” Wilkins said.

He said tonight’s discussion arose from an offer from the town to pave phase two (phase one is already paved), something the town has already tentatively budgeted $250,000 for. The town’s annual budget goes before the council next week.

District board chairman Marshall Lewis has supported leaving the trail as a soft surface in the past, but said he will wait until tonight’s meeting before making a final decision.

Board member Peter Werbel said he supports the town policy to pave the Legacy Trail.

“I’ve tried my hardest to be totally objective,” said Werbel. “Unless something changes my mind, I support paving the trail.”

Lewis said he would like to see an experimental portion of trail using an alternative hard surface ” decomposed granite solidified with a binding agent to create a pavement-like surface using local materials.

“The Legacy Foundation could put down the alternative surface; the money is already there,” Lewis said.

If the surface doesn’t meet expectations, he said it could be paved over with asphalt, thereby providing a base for the more traditional hard top.

Wilkins said as a town staff member he recommends asphalt, but if the Recreation and Park District chose to pursue an alternative material, the town would respect that decision as well.

Truckee’s Wilkins said that phase four (from the regional park to Highway 89 south) and phase three (from the sports park to Glenshire) are in different planning stages.

He said the town has begun its initial environmental resource investigation to determine biological and archeological resources on phase four, while planning for phase three is addressing the formal environmental investigation needed to receive California Environmental Quality Act clearance.

Wilkins said a trail alignment will be identified within the next year as well.

“The town’s goal is to construct phases three and four as soon as possible, but the timelines are predicated on grant and development funding,” Wilkins said. “It’s likely that phase three construction will cost two- to two-and-a-half million dollars.”

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