Town staff seek funds to pave Legacy Trail
The Town of Truckee is on the hunt for funding to pave the next section of the Truckee River Legacy Trail.
Phase two of the trail connects the Truckee River Regional Park and the River View Sports Park, a roughly 1.1-mile segment that is currently constructed but unpaved.
While the town has $225,000 budgeted to pave the trail, an estimated $330,000 cost of the Legacy paving means the town needs additional funding, in this case a $290,000 Recreational Trails Program Grant from the California Department of Resources.
Town Engineer and Public Works Director Dan Wilkins said the town applied for the grant last year, but didn’t receive the funds, but the $225,000 the town has already budgeted could pave most of the trail, leaving out a spur connecting Ranch Way.
Truckee Assistant Engineer Becky Bucar said if the town receives the state grant, it would start and complete the paving in the summer of 2008.
“Right now the trail is aggregate base, which is what you want underneath pavement,” Bucar said.
Before the grant money can be spent on pavement, Bucar said some ownership and easement issues have to be worked out.
The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District board last June turned the trail over to the town for paving, said park district General Manager Steve Randall. But easements from the Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency, the Truckee Sanitary District, and the Truckee Donner Public Utility District are still pending, Bucar added.
“So far it seems like something that can be worked out ” it needs to be worked out before we receive the grant, and the application requires that we can show that we are close to getting the easements,” Bucar said. “Our plan is over the winter to get all that taken care of so in the summer we can get out and pave.”
An unpaved path parallel to the paved section, an element also included in Truckee’s updated Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, is still in early planning, with staff looking for a route, she said.
If the grant is awarded, the unused portion of the town’s $225,000 budget could then be spent on the paved trail’s natural-surface counterpart, Bucar said.
Additionally, Wilkins said unspent funds could go toward future phases of the Legacy Trail, which still do not have secured funding.
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