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Town receives $459,000 in road funds

JAMES BALL, Sierra Sun

As a result of changes in federal law, Truckee has nearly half a million dollars in free money to be applied toward roadwork.

Nevada County was given $4.2 million in new federal money thanks to new language in federal law regarding allocation formulas, and the end result is a lot of free revenue for the area.

The $4 million was divided among Grass Valley, Nevada City, Truckee and surrounding communities, with Truckee receiving $459,203, said Truckee Councilmember Bob Drake, who is also a member of the Nevada County Transportation Commission.

“This is like an unanticipated bonus,” Drake said.

Drake said an estimated $2 million will go toward the widening and repair of Highway 49, taking it from two to four lanes.

“Highway 49 has basically become a commuter road to Sacramento,” he said.

Of the remaining $2 million, Truckee will get nearly a quarter of it for local road work.

The decision was approved 6-0 by the transportation commission with Drake absent, but he said he agreed with the plan.

The money allocated to Truckee will first go to repay money the town borrowed to make improvements to Donner Pass Road last summer.

Although Measure A’s passage paid for the Donner Pass Road repairs with a half-cent sales tax, Drake said money, was borrowed to make immediate repairs.

The entire paving job from Mountain Hardware to the freeway cost approximately $800,000.

Drake said there are no immediate plans for roadwork, but that town engineers are looking into which roads need repair the most.

He said some roads can get by with an overlay, while others are in more urgent need of work, and exactly which roads fall into which category is the topic of current discussions.

“We will probably not do much in the way of backbone roadwork this year,” Drake said. “We’re looking at all the factors.”

He said proposals on what to do with the money would be discussed at town council meetings.

“We’ll look at how bad each road is and ask, ‘does it need to be dug up or can it have an overlay?'” he said. “We want to know, ‘what is the best use of this money?'”

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