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Paving along Donner Pass Road scheduled to begin at Donner Lake

JOHN A. BAYLESS

Sierra Sun

Commuters traveling Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake should prepare for delays over the next few weeks, as contractors hired by the town rebuild the road from Coldstream intersection to the Truckee Pines Market.

Crews will be rebuilding the road, which will also be widened to accommodate bike lanes. The work, which begins this week, will continue until the end of August.

“The existing shoulder will be paved to provide a four-foot shoulder, which will double as a bike lane,” Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said.

During the construction, traffic in the work area will be restricted to one lane, with occasional detours, Wilkins said. He said signs will be placed to encourage motorists to use Interstate 80 to travel from one end of Donner Lake to the other.

So far this summer, the town has completed about half of its road projects, Wilkins said, including the repaving of the Armstrong Tract, Olympic Heights, and three miles of roads in Glenshire. Contractors hired by the town have also completed the reconstruction of Estates Drive and Jeffrey Pines Road.

“We will open the bids for the third overlay contract of the summer this week,” Wilkins said. He said that project will overlay all streets in Tahoe Donner where gas lines have already been installed.

Before reconstruction work begins on Donner Pass Road at the lake, a contractor hired by Southwest Gas and Williams Communications will be installing a natural gas main and a fiber-optic conduit along the roadway, Wilkins said.

“Everything is still preliminary, but this week Williams and Southwest Gas are putting in 4,000 feet of gas main and fiber-optic conduit along Donner Pass Road within the town’s reconstruction project,” Wilkins said. He said the plan is the result of a last-minute arrangement between the two companies, in order to get the conduit and gas main installed before the road is rebuilt.

“The reason they were able to do this on such short notice was cooperation by Advanced Asphalt,” Wilkins said. He said the town had already entered into a contract with the company for the reconstruction work, and Advanced Asphalt consented to delaying the work so the gas line and conduit could be installed.

Although the gas main will be installed, it

will not be connected until Southwest is ready to provide service to Donner Lake, which is currently planned for at least two years in the future.

‘There’s further discussion between Williams Communication and Southwest Gas on the potential for future joint projects,” Wilkins said.

Williams Communication is now in the process of getting environmental clearance for a cross country fiber-optic line through Truckee. The line will connect Salt Lake City and Sacramento.

He said the town and the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District have been looking at having Williams Communications install two extra fiber-optic conduits from the west side of town out to Glenshire Drive, in lieu of collecting encroachment fees from the company.

“The conduits could be used as the backbone for a local fiber-optic network or rented or sold to a future carrier,” Wilkins said.

The town owns the property on which the conduits would be installed, while the PUD has with the equipment necessary to maintain them, Wilkins said.


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