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Comment period under way for Tahoe’s Fanny Bridge project

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
The SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project aims to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists and address long-term structural integrity of Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City.
Courtesy TTD |

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Officials are accepting comments on a study that examines proposals for the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 project on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.

On Friday, the Tahoe Transportation District, Federal Highway Administration and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency released a joint draft environmental impact document for public review.

It examines seven project alternatives in terms of potential environmental impacts and proposed mitigation measures.

There are six project options and a no-project option under consideration.

Four of the six include realignment of Highway 89 and repair/replacement of the 86-year-old bridge over the Truckee River. The other two would maintain the current alignment of Highways 89 and 28, while modifying the “Wye” intersection.

Alfred Knotts, TTD transportation projects manager, said the document does not identify a superior alternative.

“We’re letting the document speak for itself,” he said. “All proposals have their own pluses and minuses.”

A preferred alternative will be selected based on environmental analysis and public feedback, Knotts said.

The deadline to submit comments is 5 p.m., Feb. 17, 2015. They can be mailed to Brain Judge, principal environmental specialist, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, PO Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449; faxed to 775-588-4527; or emailed to bjudge@trpa.org.

Oral comments will be taken at the Jan. 14 TRPA Advisory Planning Committee meeting, the Jan. 16 TTD board of directors meeting and the Jan. 28 TRPA governing board meeting.

After public review, the joint environmental document will be considered by the three agencies for approval and certification. Dates for approval hearings have yet to be determined.

Hard copies of the draft document are available at the offices of the TRPA, TTD, Tahoe City Public Utility District and Tahoe City Public Library. Electronic copies can be found at TahoeTransportation.org and TRPA.org.

Residents can visit FannyBridge.org to learn more about the project.