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Truckee school parking changes

If you are dropping off or picking up a child from Truckee Elementary School, expect some changes before the school year ends.

The Truckee Tahoe Unified School District, the Truckee Police Department, and the Town of Truckee are working together to make parking safer and more efficient at the elementary school, with a new layout and new laws going into effect May 23.

“The elementary school has major problems with the parking situation ” it’s so old and built so long ago, it was never designed to hold this volume of vehicles,” said Truckee Police Officer Jeremie Elliot.

The most substantive change will be making parking on the north side of Donner Pass Road, across from the school, illegal year-round, Elliot said, to stop children from crossing the busy street.

“There are no crosswalks there so when they cross to their parents cars it’s creating a huge hazard,” Elliot said.

Signs along that stretch of Donner Pass Road will go up May 23, but Elliot said the police will have a 30-day grace period ” not issuing citations until June 23.

“This gives everybody the whole summer to get used to the change,” he said.

Sergeant Jason Litchie said most people shouldn’t be impacted until school starts again in September.

The no-parking area will extend the no-parking requirement during snow-plowing season to year-round, Litchie said, and signs along that stretch of road will be changed to reflect that.

Parking on the same side of Donner Pass Road as the school will be permitted, Elliot said.

Other changes by the school district will include the redesigning the pick-up and drop-off lanes inside the parking lot, and redesigning some parking spaces, he said.

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