Tis the (construction) season
Melting snow, warmer weather, and road construction the summer season has begun in the Truckee-Tahoe area.Agencies and contractors were able to get an early start on road work after a mild winter, and projects ranging from new roads to new roundabouts are in the works. Some of the projects may mean traffic delays, but town staff members and private contractors are taking steps to minimize the impact.
Sierra College road closuresConstruction began May 1 and will continue until June 30 on a road that will provide access to the newest Sierra College campus.Delays are expected from construction traffic on Highway 89 south between Deerfield Drive and Interstate 80, according to a release from the contractor, Rudolph & Sletten.Also from May 1 to June 30, delays are expected on Donner Pass Road from Tahoe Forest Hospital to the downtown roundabout, according to the release. For more information, see http://www.townoftruckee.com. Frishman Hollow road accessTruckee Senior Engineer Todd Landry said the town will construct a new road to access the Frishman Hollow affordable housing project. Construction will begin this week off Donner Pass Road west of Highway 89, Landry said.Because this is a new road, there should be a minimal impact to traffic, Landry said. Donner Pass Road/Highway 89 north roundaboutA two-lane roundabout constructed in conjunction with the Grays Crossing development will begin construction sometime in June, Landry said.The roundabout will be the first of two built in cooperation with East West Partners (owners of Grays Crossing), Caltrans, and the Town of Truckee.Landry said because the project involves reconstructing the intersection, the town expects traffic delays, but will set up alternative routes to alleviate traffic congestion. Tahoe Donner guard railsGuard rails will be going up on Northwoods Boulevard at the S curves, Landry said, as well as on Schussing Way between Northwoods Boulevard and Alder Creek Road.Scheduling for the rail work hasnt been finalized, Landry said, but should happen some time in June or July.There should be minimal traffic impacts, and it will be quick, maybe three or four days, Landry said. Pavement overlaysThe town will add pavement overlays to two Tahoe Donner cul-de-sacs and a Martis Estates road.Happening in late summer, the resurfacing of Bermgarten Road, Bear Meadow Court and Estates Drive will probably not close the streets, but may restrict traffic to one lane, Landry said. Slurry SealTruckee has a number of slurry seal projects (a sealing and resurfacing process) all around town this summer, Landry said.Roughly 20 percent of the towns roads will be up for slurry sealing this summer, and notices will be posted on the affected street 48 hours in advance, Landry said, because each road will have to be closed, depending on conditions, from a couple hours to a day.Landry said the town also plans to keep a weekly update on its Web site, http://www.townoftruckee.com Donner Lake bike lanesPlanned to complete Donner Lakes bicycle access, two 5-foot wide lanes bordering Donner Pass Road between Moraine Road and South Shore Drive may also be in the works this summer, but could be delayed until next year, Landry said.The bike lanes would happen in September, if at all this year, he said.A public workshop on the bike lanes is planned for town hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.
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