Summer is coming: And with it comes construction in Truckee Tahoe

Hannah Jones
Various road construction projects will be taking place in Truckee this summer with improvements on Donner Pass Road beginning this week.
Town of Truckee

Construction season is underway with roadwork projects in Truckee starting up this week.

Truckee will continue with improvements on Donner Pass Road between Highway 89 moving west to the Interstate 80 exit. Starting this week overhead utility poles will be removed along with sidewalk and crosswalk improvements which will be completed in November.

“The scope of that project is to complete the utility undergrounding on Donner Pass Road,” said Dan Wilkins, public works director for the Town of Truckee. “And to construct curb gutters, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements on that section of road,” he said.

The existing crosswalks are going to be fitted with refuge islands in the middle of the street, Wilkins said, and the crossing distance shortened for improved pedestrian safety.

The western segment of Donner Pass Road has been the town’s first priority with improvements to the eastern segment to come later. These will include utility undergrounding as well as sidewalk improvements.

The entire project aims at completing road improvements from Coldstream Road to the McIver roundabout.

Maintenance crews will also be slurry sealing around 45 miles of roads of Tahoe Donner this summer.

More roundabouts are also coming to Truckee that will be installed by the developers of various projects.

Triumph Development, which is building a 138-unit residential project at 10470 East Jibboom St., will be installing a roundabout at the entrance of the apartment complex at the intersection of Donner Pass Road and Stockrest Springs Road. Additionally, the developer will be expanding Jibboom Street 600 feet to the west, creating sidewalks and extending water, gas and electricity lines.

Construction on the roundabout should begin in August, Wilkins said, and completed in the fall along with the units.

Developers behind the Raley’s Grocery store will start construction on the project this summer beginning with the installation of a roundabout at Joerger Drive and Soaring Way. Wilkins said the work is anticipated to start in June.

Truckee Railyard developers will continue infrastructure improvements downtown starting this month, expanding the roadway further east into the balloon track, the loop that will provide access to the Railyard.

“They have told us they intend to continue to work on the work they started last summer,” said Wilkins.

Last summer the developers made noticeable changes to the Truckee Railyard site, including the realignment of Donner Pass Road with a new roundabout, a new downtown parking lot, installing a 54-inch underground pipe for sewage and a complete cleanup of the site.

Hannah Jones is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at 530-550-2652 or

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