Tahoe City Fanny Bridge gets $25.5M in federal funds | SierraSun.com

Tahoe City Fanny Bridge gets $25.5M in federal funds

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. — The Tahoe Transportation District has been awarded $25.5 million in federal funds for the Fanny Bridge overhaul project in Tahoe City.

Some of the money through the Federal Lands Access Program will also go toward the Meeks Bay Bike Path and Dollar Creek Shared Use Path projects, TTD officials said Friday.

Improvements to Highway 89 and the 84-year-old Fanny Bridge — which has structural deficiencies and experiences heavy congestion, particularly during peak season — are expected to cost about $22 million, according to previous reports.

TTD will coordinate with local, state, and federal partners to secure remaining funds for the project, estimated at $7.5 million.

Currently, a draft environmental review report is being developed, with an expected release date of roughly a year from now, with release of a draft environmental document in winter 2014.

Project construction could start as early as 2015, according to TTD, with work likely taking two years to complete.

The project area includes Highway 89 into Tahoe City from the West Shore, the Truckee River Bridge and associated intersections and along Highway 89 entering into Tahoe City from Truckee and Highway 28 from Kings Beach.

Project goals include improving pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety; and making public transportation more effective with long-term strategic connectivity, reliability and travel times, according to a press release.

It will also provide two viable emergency evacuation routes from the West Shore; lessen environmental impacts by reducing vehicle emissions and improving storm water treatment.

“The two viable emergency evacuation routes from the West Shore are of key interest, as it will allow our communities alternatives during large scale evacuations,” said John Pang, chief of the Meeks Bay Fire Protection District. “This new project will also afford emergency equipment access to the West Shore without creating massive gridlocks.”

For more information, visit http://www.tahoetransportation.org or call 775-589-5500.

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