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Roundabout unlikely for college entrance

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A roundabout isn’t in the future for the entrance of the proposed Sierra College campus in Truckee.

The campus draft environmental impact report was discussed at Thursday’s Truckee Town Council meeting with the realization that entry to the campus will likely be controlled by a traffic signals. Truckee Mayor Beth Ingalls said the possibility of constructing a roundabout at the college entrance is just not in the cards. She said the college’s proposed access plan isn’t perfect but will have to do.

“If we could, we’d magically transfer people from the highway to the campus,” Ingalls said.

She said the access road does provide minimal impact to Donner Creek, but the traffic increase will definitely be noticed once the campus is built.

Paul Disario, Sierra College interim director of facilities development, said the college looks to move forward with the plans now that everyone is accepting of the entry.

Along with traffic concerns, visual impact of the campus was another issue, said Town Manager Tony Lashbrook.

Ingalls said the college is working on an updated photosimulation of the proposed tree removal.

Disario said the college is going to work closely with the town in order to be sensitive to the town’s concerns about cutting trees.

The final deadline for public comment on the draft environmental impact report will be June 29.

College officials said the next step is to finalize the EIR and present the final draft for approval July 11.