Truckee town council to consider Brickelltown project

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Town officials are poised to take the first step toward making pedestrian improvements in Brickelltown.

The Truckee town council will consider the first phase of a three-part process that would realign Donner Pass Road, create curbs, sidewalks, landscaping and utility undergrounding and adjust parking in the western end of downtown Truckee at its 6 p.m. meeting Thursday at Truckee Town Hall on Airport Road.

and#8220;The ultimate goal is to connect Brickelltown to the rest of downtown and make it more pedestrian friendly,and#8221; said Todd Landry, senior engineer for the town.

Donner Pass Road would be shifted south to accommodate the planned sidewalks and curbs, Landry said, pending an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad.

While the primary goal will be better sidewalks, Landry said town staff also aims to not lose any parking in the area.

Work would be broken into three phases; first starting with public involvement through workshops and environmental study, then permitting and final design, ending with construction, potentially in the summer of 2011 through 2013, according to staff reports.

Town council is being asked to approve a contract with Eastern Sierra Engineering for the first phase of planning for $429,218, according to staff reports.

The firm would help hold four meetings to garner public input, starting in August 2009 and ending in February 2010.

and#8220;Some folks may want more parking and some folks may want more sidewalk, so it will be a balancing act,and#8221; Landry said.

The project could potentially go beyond Brickelltown, adding sidewalks west on Donner Pass Road from Brickelltown, under Interstate 80, to the Gateway area, Landry said, and east along the southern edge of Donner Pass Road to Bridge Street.

What: Truckee Town Council meeting

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Truckee Town Hall on Airport Road.

Other agenda items: An annual trails update and an update on the Mousehole.

More: Click the following link to read more about the town council and Thursdayand#8217;s meeting:

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