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Historic Tahoe bridge overhaul project meeting is Thursday

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People lean over the famed Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City. The bridge earned its name due to the ability of passing motorists and pedestrians to see people's fannies as they stare at the Truckee River.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A meeting this week is expected to allow public feedback and reveal next steps regarding the Fanny Bridge overhaul project on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore.

Tahoe Transportation District staff will provide an overview of project alternatives, design elements and environmental review, as well as the comment process for the environmental document release, which is scheduled for mid-December.

Improvements to Highway 89 and the 86-year-old Fanny Bridge — which officials say has structural deficiencies and experiences heavy congestion, particularly during peak season — are reportedly expected to cost about $22 million.

There are six project options proposed, with four including repair/replacement of the bridge and a new four-lane bridge over the Truckee River.

Two others would maintain the current alignment of highways 89 and 28, while modifying the Wye intersection.

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

According to TTD, if the environmental document is approved, design on the preferred alternative is scheduled to be complete in September 2015. The project would then go to bid, with construction planned for May 2016.

The meeting is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Granlibakken Resort, 725 Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City.

To learn more about the Highway 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, visit tahoetransportation.org, and click on the “Fanny Bridge page” under Project Updates.