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Time getting tight for Trout Creek bridge work

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The first phase of the Trout Creek restoration project will start with a new bridge, but the odds of construction beginning this fall are 50-50.

The Town of Truckee has been working on design plans to address the Trout Creek flooding that caused water damage to Assumption Catholic Church on East Street in December 2005 and January 1997, due in part to a too-small culvert that runs under Donner Pass Road.

The town council gave Placerville-based Yubacon, Inc. the go-ahead to begin work on the project to replace the existing culvert. The work is part of a plan aimed at restoring Trout Creek to a more natural state, said Lisa Wallace, Truckee River Watershed Council executive director.

However, the start of construction on the bridge is dependent on design modifications and the availability of materials. Special corrosion-resistant rebar for the bridge won’t be available for six weeks, causing some question as to whether the project will be completed this fall, said Dan Wilkins, Truckee’s director of Public Works.

Mike Murray of Yubacon will meet with town officials on Friday to determine the project timeline. He said work is slated to begin Sept. 5 if proposed modifications are approved. If the plans are accepted the bridge will be finished by Oct. 15, Murray said.

“The town has been pretty open to ideas,” Murray said. “It’s like a breath of fresh air.”

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The first phase, or reach, is part of six reaches in a three-mile stretch of the Trout Creek project intended to rehabilitate the waterway in the next two to five years. The creek banks will be re-graded and widened. The restoration will allow for healthier soil and vegetation to slow the flow of water, according to Wallace. The first phase bridge project will restore about 600 feet of the creek.

Construction may lead to a possible detour to Jibboom Street if Donner Pass Road is closed, but the town’s intention is to keep the downtown traffic moving, officials said.