Streetscape project begins Tuesday near Truckee train depot |

Streetscape project begins Tuesday near Truckee train depot

Jason ShuehSierra Sun
Courtesy imageThis schematic lays out the plans for the project. View the full image at, then click on "Streetscape Improvement Projects" at the bottom left corner.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; A streetscape project set to break ground next week aims to improve pedestrian safety at a congested stretch of downtown by installing wider sidewalks and a crosswalk in front of Truckee’s historic train depot.The project, dubbed the Truckee Depot Streetscape Improvement Project, begins Tuesday. Aspen Development has been awarded the roughly $617,000 contract to from the town of Truckee to construct improvements, anticipated to be done by Oct. 28.andamp;#8220;We’ll have it ready for winter use and snow removal,andamp;#8221; said town Senior Engineer Mike Vaughan.As part of the project, additional landscaping and outdoor seating amenities could come in the spring of 2012.Though it has been discussed by town staff for some time, Vaughan said the project was first proposed last spring as a tool to provide greater safety to pedestrians, beautify the historic downtown area and create a better connection between the depot and commercial row to stimulate downtown patronage.Residents can expect it to share a similar look to the town’s recently completed streetscape project on Bridge Street between the Bar of America and Truckee Hotel.During construction, there will be brief periods when traffic on Donner Pass Road will be redirected to install the crosswalk, Vaughan said.andamp;#8220;Expect minor traffic inconvenience, but know it’s to make improvements,andamp;#8221; Vaughan said.For updates on the project, including a PDF to download that details its design, visit the town’s website,

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