State bonds may finance fix for Mousehole |

State bonds may finance fix for Mousehole

Ryan Salm/ Sierra SunTraffic passes through the Mousehole on highway 89 south in this file photo.

California Senator Dave Cox came to Truckee on Friday, meeting with community leaders and giving hope that state help may be on the way for Truckees notorious traffic hazard the Mousehole.A $20 billion state transportation bond, with $2 billion in funding for local roads and streets, will be on the ballot in November. The measure, created by a state Senate bill, has $505,639 in it for Truckee projects.That is approximately $100,000 more than is allocated to Nevada Countys two other cities Grass Valley and Nevada City. The funding level is determined by population.Nevada County will receive $5.3 million for local road and street improvements if the bond passes.It gets [the project] in the queue, said Senator Cox of the Mousehole project. And as the transportation dollars come in … then the state will have the responsibility to get that programmed and get it done.The Town of Truckee, which spearheaded the project when no progress was made to widen the railroad undercrossing, turned the project back over to Caltrans after lobbying for more than $2.8 million in federal funding.With additional transportation dollars from the state possible, the project, which once seemed mired in funding and logistical questions, now seems to be moving toward a construction date.Im hopeful that that infrastructure bond passes, Cox said.Cox said that both he and District 5 Nevada County Supervisor Ted Owens want to see the project begin while they are in office.The Nevada County Transportation Commission, with the input of Truckee officials, will be in charge of distributing the funding, said Cox.

While state Sen. Dave Cox was visiting Truckee, he voiced his opinions on several of the large issues in Truckee and North Tahoe.

I was aware of the talk about the sale and purchase.I think, in general, that which you acquire you have to properly maintain.

Were moving in the right direction. Our continued recovery depends on the health of our economy.You have to make sure you dont get yourself into a situation where you spend one-time money on ongoing projects.

I was pleasantly surprised that the issues were settled.I would think that to the extent that you can keep government out of it, you are always better off.

The TRPA certainly has a public relations problem.

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