Truckee workshop on major Donner Pass Road overhaul set for March 3
February 15, 2016
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The town of Truckee next month will host the second in a series of public meetings regarding major proposed upgrades for a large stretch of Donner Pass Road west of downtown.
The project, called Envision DPR, blueprints a number of improvements on Truckee's busiest road between the McIver roundabout near Brickelltown and Cold Stream Road on the west end of town near Donner Memorial State Park.
Its goal is to create a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly thoroughfare and help improve traffic flow. Envision DPR is also a beautification project, aimed at improving the overall look and feel of the streetscape, said Becky Bucar, a town engineering manager on the project.
After initial ideas were floated last year during a public meeting to introduce the project, Envision DPR's preliminary designs and concepts be showcased at the second meeting, Bucar said, set for Thursday, March 3, at Truckee Town Hall.
"We'll be laying out the phase 1 project as well as potential future phases," Bucar said.
Phase 1 includes connecting sidewalks and improving pedestrian crossings from Northwoods Boulevard to Frates Lane/Highway 89, according to the town.
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Initial construction would take place in 2017 and be partially funded by a $1.5 million grant from the federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, she said.
Additional upgrades to Donner Pass Road will hinge on funding and community input and will likely occur over a number of implementation phases over several years.
"We want to hear from folks to see if the direction we're going is the right direction," Bucar said. "Because our next steps after this, we'll start going into detailed design and get together plans for construction for phase 1 next year.
"Before, we were talking conceptually, now we have plans that show where the project is going. We want input on whether there are additional concerns or if we're going in the right direction."
The first public meeting on July 29 featured roughly 50 people, according to previous reports. Residents raised questions concerning inclusion of bicycle lanes, emergency vehicle access and how a road already impacted by daily ingress and egress fare fair in the winter when access to Interstate 80 is unavailable.
Since the first workshop, town staff continued to gather input from the community at Truckee Thursdays events and through an online survey on the project website, Bucar said
Community members interested in being notified about Envision DPR project updates may sign up to receive email notifications at TownofTruckee.com.
To find out more about the project, go to EnvisionDPR.com.