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Town considers acceptance of Highway 267 segment

JOHN BAYLESS, Sierra Sun

Up for approval at tonight’s town council meeting is a cooperative agreement between the Town of Truckee and Caltrans, which would provide for the council to accept portion of Highway 267 and Highway 89 as a town road, following construction of the Highway 267 Bypass.

Acceptance of the road by the town is offered contingent on Caltrans dealing with several issues identified by town consultants – which were estimated to cost much more to repair than the $100,000 initially offered by Caltrans.

Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said resolutions appear possible for all of the needed roadway repairs, which include:

-Surface condition and structural deficiencies of Highway 267 and Highway 89. Caltrans would agree to do a complete 0.2-foot overlay over the entire roadway prior to relinquishment.

-The functionally-deficient box culvert which conveys Trout Creek beneath Highway 267 would need to be upgraded to a short-span bridge in order to eliminate flooding and environmental concerns. Caltrans would provide the town with $350,000 to $400,000 to fund the project.

-The existing spring beneath Highway 267 a quarter-mile south of the existing Highway 267/I-80 Interchange would need to be repaired with an under-culvert to prevent deterioration of the roadway. Caltrans would agree to repair the problem prior to relinquishment.

-The crossing at the railroad tracks downtown should be replaced with concrete and the non-functional drain beneath it would need to be replaced.

The town would repair the drain as part of its downtown storm drain construction project, and the state would reimburse it for the costs. The track crossing upgrade has been funded for $800,000 and Union Pacific plans to perform the work in the fall of 1999.

-Caltrans would agree to upgrade all deficient ditches and drainage structures beneath the section of Highway 267 to be relinquished.

-Caltrans would provide the highway right of way to the town free of encroachments.

Acceptance of the road violates the town policy of only accepting roads which are revenue-neutral, meaning that tax revenues from properties fronting the road must be sufficient to pay for its maintenance.

Tax revenues from properties fronting Highway 267 do not reach that threshold, Wilkins said.

“Because this stretch of roadway provides such an integral link between town neighborhoods, it is recommended that the town council invoke the exception policy which is provided in the overall road acceptance policy,” Wilkins said.

An exact analysis of the amount of the property tax deficiency will be distributed to council before the meeting tonight.

Cost of the acceptance for the town is estimated at $50,000 per year for the first 10 years, with the cost increasing to $100,000 per year after 10 years to provide for ongoing pavement rehabilitation.

Also in the meeting tonight, council will:

-Consider second reading and adoption of the town’s cable television ordinance.

-Consider authorizing the purchase of a Volvo sand truck from the F.B. Hart Company for $87,958.69.

-Appoint Truckee residents Dennis Zirbel, Michael Norris, and Matt Rusanoff as professional representatives on the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission, and appointment of Bill LeDain, Shelley McGinnity, and Kris Norris as lay members of the commission. Council would also consider appointing Sharon Arnold as the Truckee-Donner Historical Society representative on the commission.


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