Officials: Gray’s Crossing roundabout to be finished by end of summer
TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Gray’s Crossing roundabout should be completed before the end of the 2011 construction season, although detour signs likely will stay up as much as three weeks longer than planned, according to officials.Work began on the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 89 North, Alder Drive and Prosser Dam Road on July 20, and signs have been posted, directing motorists to use Pioneer Trail and Comstock Drive to bypass Alder Drive, and to use the Henness roundabout to access Prosser Dam Road and the Village at Gray’s Crossing.According to the town website, notifications have been sent to approximately 100 neighboring residents.In a letter to residents published on the town’s website, Vertex Construction Services – the contractor installing the roundabout – reports it has been working with the town, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and other agencies to alert motorists and bus drivers.Though the closure was initially expected to end Aug. 26, Vertex Division Manager Robert Fitzburgh said in the letter he anticipates it would likely be extended three weeks into the approaching school year.”We will be working closely with TTUSD to minimize impacts related to student drop-offs, school bus routes, etc.,” Fitzburgh said.Despite construction, Highway 89 will only have single-lane closure directed by traffic controllers, Fitzburgh said For information, the town recommends calls be directed to Truckee Senior Engineer Todd Landry at 530-582-2904, or Fitzburgh at 707-545-2200.
Work on the roundabout and the nearby Village at Gray’s Crossing development has been stalled since 2008, by both the economic downturn and a requirement from the town of Truckee’s planning commission to build the roundabout before major construction continued.The planning commission initially approved the Village at Gray’s Crossing development to consist of 21 residential units, 24 town homes and a 7,000-square-foot convenience store. Now, developers are considering focusing on more residential construction.Dale Creighton, president of SCO Planning Engineering and Surveying – tasked with the planning of the development – said Thursday that stakeholders are considering submitting a new plan to town council and the planning commission, likely by the end of this summer or fall.”The partnership is considering the amount of commercial construction (at the site)” said Creighton. “We’ll probably have to come in for a new permit.”