Fanny Bridge environmental analysis to be released Dec. 17 | SierraSun.com

Fanny Bridge environmental analysis to be released Dec. 17

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com
Alfred Knotts, transportation projects manager for Tahoe Transportation District, revealed the next steps regarding the Highway 89/Fanny Bridge revitalization project at a Thursday meeting at Granlibakken Tahoe.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A draft environmental document on the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 overhaul on the West Shore is expected to be released next week.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Alfred Knotts, transportation projects manager for Tahoe Transportation District, said at a project meeting Thursday. “Everybody has been waiting for the document. We spent a lot of finances; blood, sweat and tears; sleepless nights on this project just making sure that we have the best document for the public to review and also the policy makers and the approving agencies.”

Public review of the document — which will study potential issues such as water quality, visual impacts and noise — will start upon its release on or around Dec. 17, Knotts said.

Hard copies will be available at the offices of the Tahoe Transportation District, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Placer County Planning Division and Tahoe City Public Utility District, and the Tahoe City Library. Electronic copies will be posted on tahoetransportation.org and trpa.org.

There will be a 60-day comment period, followed by yet-to-be determined project approval hearings.

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. The other two would maintain the current alignment of Highways 89 and 28, while modifying the “Wye” intersection.

Selection of the preferred alternative will be based on public comments and environmental findings, Knotts said.

According to TTD, should a preferred alternative be selected and approved, then design is scheduled to be complete in September 2015. The project would then go to bid, with construction planned for May 2016.

Improvements to Highway 89 and Fanny Bridge — which reportedly has structural deficiencies and experiences heavy congestion, particularly during peak season — are expected to cost up to $30 million, Knotts said.

The project is fully funded, if approved, with a majority coming from the Federal Lands Access Program.

Overall project goals include improving pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety; relieving existing congestion of Highway 89 to improve mobility; and providing two West Shore emergency evacuation routes.

Visit tahoetransportation.org and click on the “SR 89/Fanny Bridge” link on the right-hand side under Current Projects to learn more.