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Safety upgrades on tap for main road in Truckee

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A portion of Truckee’s busiest road could see safety improvements in the coming years.

The Donner Pass Road Pedestrian Improvement Project, which would construct roughly three-quarters of a mile of new sidewalks and four improved pedestrian crossings between Frates Lane at the Highway 89 intersection and the Interstate 80 off-ramp west of Richards Boulevard near Donner Lake, was recently selected to receive $1.5 million in federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.

The town of Truckee would still need to contribute $166,667 — recommended through road maintenance sale tax funds — to cover the estimated $1.67 million project.

While there are some sidewalks along that portion of Donner Pass Road, they are inconsistent, said Becky Bucar, associate engineer for the town of Truckee.

“We would basically be filling in the gaps,” she said.

For the funding application, the town’s engineering staff reviewed vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle collision data from 2007 to 2011 within Truckee’s limits, identifying three applicable accidents along the project section of the roadway, Bucar said.

Project design wouldn’t start until 2014, with construction not occurring until 2015 or 2016, she said.

As for construction impacts to travelers and businesses, it’s too early to speculate, she said, although the town would try to minimize disruption.

The Donner Pass Road Pedestrian Improvement Project was one of 260 projects selected from a pool of 389 applications, according to the town.

HSIP funds are eligible for work on any public road or publicly owned bike/pedestrian pathway or trail that corrects or improves safety for its users.

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