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Roadwork winds down for season

JOHN A. BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Snow put a halt to most road construction around Truckee for the season, and workers are patching up thoroughfares for the winter and putting the finishing touches on completed projects.

The Glenshire Drive Bridge, which has been under construction for the past two years, was substantially completed last week and is now in use. Workers paved the approaches to the bridge last Friday, but some work remains.

“The current plan is to have the rest of the roadwork completed and have the new sewer line switched over by the end of next week,” Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said. He said the main sewer line to Glenshire is currently on the old bridge, and will have to be rerouted to a line passing through the new span before the old bridge can be demolished.

The old bridge is slated for demolition in December.

“We have a permit from the railroad for the work over the tracks and a permit from Lahontan for the work over the river,” Wilkins said. “Once the sewer line is tied in and completed, demolition can proceed.”

Wilkins said contractors will use a hoe ram to undermine the main span of the old bridge, and will topple it into the river. Crews will pick up the debris using an excavator. A cover will be constructed over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to protect them from damage during the demolition.

The goal is to have all work 100 percent completed by Christmas time,” Wilkins said.

The new span, which cost approximately $5 million, is substantially wider than the old bridge, which was built in 1927. It also has more clearance above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Truckee is responsible for 20 percent of the cost, while the rest will be paid from federal and state coffers. The town’s portion will be paid from AB 1600 funds – fees which are collected in conjunction with new development.

The town plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new bridge on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 10 a.m.

In Tahoe Donner, Southwest Gas has finished its construction for the winter. Contractors finished patching roads last week, Associate Town Engineer Mike Vaughan said.

“There will be no further excavation by Williams Communication either,” Vaughan said. “They will be patching roadways through Wednesday.”

Williams, which is running a fiber optic cable between Salt Lake City and Sacramento, is not finished with its project in Truckee. Vaughan said the company will be back next spring to complete its work in town. Remaining areas where the company has to place fiber optic conduit include the Caltrans right of ways at the Central Truckee exit, Glenshire Drive and Highway 267. The company is also working to get right of way access under Interstate 80 to the Donner Lake area.

The Town of Truckee halted work on its upgrade of the downtown storm drain system last week, having completed the portion from the back side of Commercial Row to Jibboom Street, Vaughan said. The work, which was being performed in conjunction with fiber optic installation by Williams Communications, halted Friday.


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