Fanny Bridge approval process begins; TRPA hearing delayed until May |

Fanny Bridge approval process begins; TRPA hearing delayed until May

Preferred alternative

Referred to as “Alternative 1, Option 2 (roundabout),” it proposes a new or rehabilitated bridge over the Truckee River and realigning Highway 89 by adding a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, while redesignating a portion of the existing state highway by the bridge to a county street that would be open to all traffic.

It also proposes three roundabouts that would essentially form a triangle — one at the “Wye,” and one at either end of the new bypass.

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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The first of several needed approvals for the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 overhaul project to move forward was recently secured.

On Friday, April 10, the Tahoe Transportation District Board of Directors unanimously certified the project’s final Environmental Impact Report and approved the preferred alternative, but with a condition regarding the “Wye” roundabout.

The board directed staff to work with “Wye” property owners in roundabout design to address access concerns.

If the roundabout proves inadequate, staff would return to the board for approval of an alternative intersection design that will address access concerns.

As for what’s next, originally, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board was scheduled to the vote on the project at its 9:30 a.m. meeting April 23 in Kings Beach.

That won’t occur until the May meeting, however, TRPA Public Information Officer Tom Lotshaw said Thursday.

“It’s my understanding more time is needed to look over the details for the project and the preferred alternative,” he said.

Earlier this month, the TRPA Advisory Planning Commission recommended the governing board approve the preferred alternative.

Upcoming votes include the Placer County Board of Supervisors on May 19 and the Federal Highway Administration, which is likely to occur within 30 days of the TRPA Governing Board vote, said Alfred Knotts, TTD’s transportation projects manager.

All agencies need to approve the project for it to move forward.

The tentative timeline if approvals are secured include additional project design involving public engagement being done this summer into fall, with construction to begin in May 2016.

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