Mousehole pedestrian tunnel moving forward; meeting Thursday night |

Mousehole pedestrian tunnel moving forward; meeting Thursday night

Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The Town Council will meet Thursday to discuss a pedestrian and bicycle undercrossing near the Mousehole and potentially award about $300,000 to a nationwide firm tasked with preparing 30 percent of the designs.The meeting starts at 6 p.m. Thursday at Truckee Town Council Chambers; itandamp;#8217;s recommended that council members approve $289,403 in design contracts to HDR Engineering, and an additional $14,470 contingency budget, for a total of $303,873.Within the meeting agenda, the town said it has been working with Caltrans through a cooperative agreement to design and perform environmental review of the project andamp;#8212; dubbed the Highway and Pedestrian Undercrossing Project andamp;#8212; which would construct a pedestrian and bicycle tunnel with connecting trails east of the existing Mousehole tunnel on Highway 89.Over the past two years, Truckee has worked with HDR and Shannon Wilson, a Seattle consulting firm, to coordinate project design with Union Pacific Railroad, which owns the land where the new undercrossing would be built.Dividing the projectandamp;#8217;s design and environmental review responsibilities, the town has assigned Caltrans as the lead agency to manage the environmental review and the design of the trails. Should town council approve staffandamp;#8217;s recommendation, it would leave the other portion of the planning andamp;#8212; designing the actual tunnel andamp;#8212; to HDR.