Legacy Trail funding delayed
September 17, 2008
Federal funding issues have delayed paving of a portion of the Truckee River Legacy Trail. When complete, the Legacy Trail would stretch about six miles from Glenshire to Donner Lake, acting as a backbone for Truckee’s trail network.
A section of trail through the Regional Park is already paved, but the section connecting the Regional Park to the Riverview Sports Park, slated for paving this fall, won’t get funding until next year.
“We were notified of a $292,000 grant to do this project; however, because of the issues with the federal budget, the Highway Trust Fund is out until next fiscal year,” said Dan Wilkins, public works director for the town. “We won’t be able to access the funding until mid-October, so it may be too late depending on the weather.”
Most likely, work will have to begin next May, Wilkins said, and the hired contractor is willing to wait.
“We’re disappointed we did not get the trail completed this year,” Wilkins said.
Heading east from the Riverview Sports Park into Glenshire, the next section of trail is heading into environmental review and a defined alignment, Wilkins said.
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But once the plans are complete, Wilkins said the town doesn’t have funding yet to build the trail, estimated at $5 or $6 million.
After that, two phases pushing the trail west from downtown to Highway 89 south and from Highway 89 south to Donner Lake are waiting for developments like the Hilltop and Planned Community One to help the path forward, Wilkins said.
“It all depends on funding,” Wilkins said. “We want to build as soon as possible, but that is dependent on the availability of outside funding.”