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Truckee weighs cycling projects

With bicycling on the brain during national and local bike-to-work week, cyclists have two Town of Truckee meetings to watch for.

First up on May 15, the town’s engineering division will hold a neighborhood workshop to present preliminary plans for bike lanes along Donner Lake on Donner Pass Road. Later in the week on May 17, the Truckee Trails and Bikeways Master Plan update will go before Town Council for possible approval.

Two 5-foot wide bike lanes could be built this summer on either side of Donner Pass Road between Moraine Road and South Shore Drive, helping to complete Donner Lake’s bicycle access. But construction might be delayed.



“It’s looking more and more like a spring 08 project,” said Senior Engineer Todd Landry.

The project’s timing will be dependent on the input given by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Army Corps of Engineers, he said.



Also included in the project would be new guardrails, drainage and storm water-quality improvements, roadway rehabilitation and minor parking area enhancements along Donner Pass Road.

The improvements would involve widening the stretch of Donner Pass Road to a total of 32 feet, which means the town may have to contend with public right-of-way issues such as staircases and other structures that encroach on the road, Landry said.

“We are hoping we can snake an alignment through there to avoid impacts on people’s property,” Landry said.

An update to Truckee’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan would include recommendations on trail surfacing (paved, soft, or both) for an updated network of trails and, most notably, the Truckee River Legacy Trail.

“This issue seems to have generated the most interest of anything that has gone before town council in the last two or three years,” said Public Works Director Dan Wilkins.

Recommendations from a community advisory committee, town staff, and the planning commission will all be given to town council when it reviews an updated trail system.

During the planning commission’s review of the update, public comment and commission deliberation was dominated by talk about the Truckee River Legacy Trail, with some proposing paving the trail and others advocating the use of a more natural decomposed granite surface.

In the end, the planning commission echoed staff’s recommendation for two parallel trails, one paved and one soft, a proposal that will go before town council for final approval.


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