Town expects revised 267 Bypass plans for Caltrans next week
Consulting engineers hired by the Town of Truckee are expected to present a revised preliminary plan for the 267 Bypass to Caltrans this week, Town Manager Steve Wright said.
The town retained FMCH Engineering to revise the bypass plan to retain two ramps, following a meeting in which Caltrans agreed to consider a plan to leave the westbound on ramp and eastbound off ramp open at the Interstate 80-Highway 89 interchange. Caltrans said in December that its engineers had no time to work on the revisions to the plan, and the town would have to fund the additional engineering work required.
“They’re moving rapidly,” Wright said. “To be able to have a draft of a plan to talk with Caltrans is important. In theory, if Caltrans finds this design acceptable it will define the right of way and environmental issues which need to be resolved.”
He said the firm has met the town’s expectations by taking on the project rapidly and coming up with a design which Caltrans may accept.
Staff will meet with a citizen’s committee next week to discuss design issues on the project after receiving Caltrans input on the consultant’s plan.
The Town of Truckee and Caltrans are working under a tight deadline, because Caltrans must have a biddable project by June, including an environmental review.
The council approved up to $100,000 in engineering costs to redesign the ramps. To date, the engineering work has cost approximately $25,000.
The town hopes Caltrans will pick up the tab for the added $1 million in estimated costs to leave two ramps open.
Cooperative discussions with Caltrans began following a public workshop in early December, after representatives of local government agencies, citizen groups, and organizations agreed to approach Caltrans with a single proposal to keep the project on schedule and keep two ramps open.
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