Work begins on Truckee’s mini Mousehole project |

Work begins on Truckee’s mini Mousehole project

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, to mark the start of construction on the mini Mousehole project.

Caltans and town of Truckee officials will be on hand at the event, which will take place at the southeast side of the tunnel, near the Highway 89/West River Street intersection.

Work began last week on creating a pedestrian/bicycle railroad undercrossing east of the existing Mousehole tunnel on Highway 89 between Deerfield Drive and West River, according to the town.

Alamo, Calif.-based Gordon N. Ball Inc. is the contractor on the roughly $12.6 million project. Funding is covered by a mix of local, state and federal dollars, including $7.5 million approved last July by the California Transportation Commission.

According to the town, work is expected to finish this fall, but some may continue into 2016. Travel disruptions on 89 will be intermittent, according to previous reports, with up to 10-minute delays possible.