Will this be Tahoe City’s new look? Fanny Bridge project nears vote | SierraSun.com

Will this be Tahoe City’s new look? Fanny Bridge project nears vote

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — A preferred alternative has been identified for the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 overhaul on the West Shore.

It proposes a new or rehabilitated bridge over the Truckee River and realigning Highway 89 by adding a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, while redesignating a portion of the existing highway by the bridge to a street that would be open to all traffic.

The project also proposes three roundabouts that would essentially form a triangle — one at the "Wye," and one at either end of the new bypass.

According to a final environmental document released Monday, Tahoe Transportation District and Federal Highway Administration staff selected this project from six alternatives and one no-project option based on environmental findings and public comments.

The Tahoe Transportation District Board of Directors will consider certifying the document and approving the recommended option at a 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 27, special meeting at Granlibakken Tahoe, 725 Granlibakken Road, Tahoe City.

When asked why a meeting to approve the project is taking place days after the document's release, Alfred Knotts, TTD's transportation projects manager, said the process has reached the environmental certification benchmark, since the draft period has closed and public comment taken and reviewed.

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"That's just how the process goes," he said, adding that it's been a multi-year effort to reach this point.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board will also need to certify the document and approve the alternative. It's scheduled to do so at a 9:30 a.m. April 23 meeting in the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach.

Public comment is encouraged at both meetings; further, the project also will be heard at a 9:30 a.m. April 8 TRPA Advisory Planning Commission meeting at 128 Market St. in Stateline.

All agencies — TTD, TRPA and FHA, with subsequent action needed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors — need to approve the project for it to move forward, Knotts said.

The tentative timeline if approvals happen include project design involving public engagement being done this summer into fall, with construction to begin in May 2016, he said.

MORE ONLINE

• Visit trpa.org/get-involved/major-projects to view the final environmental document, which identifies the preferred alternative, known as Alternative 1, Option 2 (roundabout).

• Visit FannyBridge.org to learn more about the Fanny Bridge/Highway 89 Community Revitalization Project.