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Construction crews could be building Truckee’s newest roundabout on Brockway Road this summer, if material and construction cost increases don’t slow or stop the project.

The cost of the roundabout at Brockway Road and Martis Valley Road, adjacent to the Best Western motel, will be shared by the Town of Truckee and the developers of the Ponderosa Village and Greens at Ponderosa.

Cost estimates for the roundabout rose from $884,000 in 2002 to $1,850,000 today, according to the town.

The Truckee Town Council will decide Thursday, after the Sierra Sun’s deadline, whether to go forward with the project despite the increased costs.

The traffic feature is expected to provide a smooth traffic flow through the intersection and slow vehicles on Brockway Road.

Fourth Congressional District candidate Charles Brown has taken a step toward winning the endorsement of the California Democratic Party by earning 85 percent of the vote at the party’s pre-primary endorsing conference.

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The nod means a formal endorsement of Brown’s candidacy will be placed on the consent calendar at the California Democratic Party’s State Convention ” taking place on April 28-30 in Sacramento.

The endorsement sends “a powerful message to our party, to our country and most importantly, to our ethics challenged incumbent, John Doolittle: We are united, we are strong, and we want our country back,” Brown said in a statement.

Brown, who spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, is currently employed by the Roseville Police Department.