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Truckee looking to use Legacy Trail surplus for extra benches, signs

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Greyson Howard/Sierra SunA sign marks where the town is working on the next segment of the Truckee Legacy Trail, using stimulus funds. With the project coming in under budget, the town is looking into whether they can use those funds for other trail-side amenities.

TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; With the current phase of the Legacy Trail coming in under budget, the town wants to use the surplus funds for more trail-side amenities andamp;#8212; but it first needs to find out if the feds want the extra dollars back.The town was awarded about $633,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act federal stimulus funds for phase 3A of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, stretching from where it left off near the River View Sports Park 4,000 feet toward Glenshire.Bids for the work, now under way, came in $40,000 less than expected, and town staff is looking into whether or not it can be used for additional interpretive signs, benches, picnic tables and other directional signs.andamp;#8220;The trail is under construction and weandamp;#8217;re anticipating completion in late August,andamp;#8221; said Dan Wilkins, director of public works and engineering. andamp;#8220;Right now weandamp;#8217;re effectively exploring whether or not itandamp;#8217;s feasible to install those extra amenities.andamp;#8221;The trail, which wonandamp;#8217;t yet connect all the way to the Glenshire area, will basically be an andamp;#8220;out and backandamp;#8221; section of trail, Wilkins said, offering views along the Truckee River with interpretive signs describing the areaandamp;#8217;s history.At a town council meeting last Thursday, council members agreed to enter into a contract with the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District, stating the town would be responsible for maintenance of the trail, and the rec and park district would maintain the amenities, Wilkins said.Along with getting an OK from Caltrans (the administrators of the ARRA grant) to use the funding, the town will also have to clear the idea with the Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency and Truckee Sanitary District, land owners along the trail, Wilkins said.

To stretch the Truckee River Legacy Trail the rest of the Way to Glenshire, the town needs an additional $4 to $5 million in grant funds, Wilkins said.The idea is to have design and environmental work done by next spring, ready to construct pending funding availability, he said.Looking west, work on sections four and five andamp;#8212; connecting from the Truckee River Regional Park to Highway 89 south, and from Highway 89 south to Donner Lake, respectively andamp;#8212; is contingent on the Hilltop development, Highway 89 Mousehole undercrossing (which, under current plans, would create a pedestrian and cyclist tunnel parallel to the road for the trail), and Planned Community One (the Coldstream development), Wilkins said.