Road construction: Town official outlays Truckee/Tahoe work planned for this summer
TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; Those hoping for respite from previous summerand#8217;s road construction probably wonand#8217;t be happy once the snow melts.
Among Caltrans, the Town of Truckee and Placer County on the north shore, the region is in the middle of about half a billion dollars worth of roadwork over a five-year period, said Dan Wilkins, director of public works and engineering for the Town of Truckee.
Caltrans work on the interstate and all the areaand#8217;s main highways, Truckeeand#8217;s slurry-seal projects and Placer Countyand#8217;s transit center highlight this summerand#8217;s bigger projects, Wilkins said during Tuesdayand#8217;s Daybreak Club breakfast.
and#8220;I donand#8217;t expect to see this level of roadwork in this region again in my lifetime,and#8221; he said.
On Interstate 80 alone, Caltrans is in the middle of $381 million in work, with projects from Carpenter Flat to Hampshire Rocks, Donner Summit to Donner Lake, Donner Lake to the State Park and Floriston to the state line expected this summer, he said.
and#8220;Our understanding the night-time closures that required detours are pretty well completed,and#8221; Wilkins said.
On state highways, Wilkins said Caltrans will again work on Highway 89 between Squaw and Tahoe City, in Tahoe City on Highway 28 and on Highway 267.
According to previous Sun reports, the $7 million Tahoe City Transit Center and#8212; which would encompass about 2.5 acres of the 64-acre recreational park located off Highway 89 and will include 130 parking places, room for up to six buses, bike lockers, benches, enclosed office space and public restrooms and#8212; will start construction this spring.
and#8220;It costs the town three to three-and-a-half times as much to maintain roads as in say, Forest Hill,and#8221; Wilkins said. and#8220;Half of that is moving snow, then on top of that you have the freeze-thaw cycle.and#8221;
This year the town plans slurry-seal work on about half of Tahoe Donnerand#8217;s roads, a third of Glenshireand#8217;s and most of the west end of Donner Lake, he said.
and#8220;Thatand#8217;s about $1 million worth of work, but typically shouldnand#8217;t create a lot of headaches for you getting around town,and#8221; Wilkins said.
The townand#8217;s corporation yard and#8212; the storage site for heavy equipment like plows and#8212; is also under construction, and Wilkins said that will help the town keep up with things like road striping more efficiently.
A roundabout slated to be finished last summer could be completed this year, after developer East West Partners ran out of funds for the intersection of Highway 89, Prosser Dam Road and Alder Drive, Wilkins said, as the town has called in the bond.
The roundabout at Donner Pass Road and Pioneer Trail was finished last year, but this year trails along both sides will be built to link about seven miles of existing trails, he said.
and#8220;Over the last five years the town has made a concerted effort to work on trail projects,and#8221; Wilkins said.