Sierra College construction may begin in August |

Sierra College construction may begin in August

If the Sierra College Truckee campus project draft environmental impact report is approved on July 11, college officials want to begin construction as soon as mid-August.

Sierra College representatives hosted a public hearing at Truckee Town Hall Wednesday as a means to address public concerns and comments about the proposed construction presented in the draft report.

An increase in traffic generated by the college and tree removal for the project were two of the main concerns at the Town Council meeting held June 15.

“I’m having a problem with your traffic mitigation,” Truckee resident Denny Dickinson said at the public hearing. “The numbers don’t work here if all of this happens.”

Dickinson said he was unhappy with the proposed access road plan that would add a left-turn lane from Highway 89 south to turn into the college entrance, referring to the road as “a $2 Band-Aid.” He said he wants to see another roundabout .

Paul Disario, Sierra College interim director of facilities development, said the college has been working with the Shell gas station owner about the road plans. The access road would close the northbound lane of Highway 89 south entrance to the gas station in order to abide by Caltrans requirements, he said.

Sara Taddo from the Truckee Donner Land Trust said she has appreciated the timely responses from Sierra College regarding the conservation easement the land trust obtained on the McIver Hill property.

The easement on the 72 acre parcel includes plans for 50 acres of open space for hiking and biking trails for public use.

Owen Letcher, project manager and consultant with Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, said the access road, water lines, leveling of the campus site and harvesting timber will be the four main areas of construction to campus construction.

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