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Truckee River Legacy Trail’s newest phase wins awards

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TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Phase 3A of the Truckee River Legacy Trail, completed in October 2010, recently received recognition from two organizations – the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) and the Sacramento Chapter of American Public Works Association (APWA). The CTF honored the Truckee River Legacy Trail with the Best Pedestrian/Bicycle Project of the Year award. The Sacramento Chapter of APWA selected the project as Project of the Year in the Parks & Trails Category ($500,000-$2 million), Small Agency. The Phase 3A project team recognized by these honors include the Town of Truckee, the Truckee Trails Foundation, the civil design consultant Lumos & Associates, and the construction contractor JD Pasquetti Engineering, Inc.The Truckee River Legacy Trail is an integral component of the Town’s Trails and Bikeways Master Plan and is planned to connect residential, recreational and business centers. The trail has been built in several phases and is now almost 3 miles long. Phase 3A was recognized by the CTF for its “showcase of the Town of Truckee’s planning talent, solid engineering and community collaboration.” The trail is used frequently by dog walkers, joggers, families, local bike groups, commuters and sightseers. Views of the Truckee River are provided along most of the trail. Unique to this phase is the interpretive signage, which highlights Truckee’s history (including the Tahoe Ice Company, the railroad, the Chinese immigrants and the Washoe tribe), native fish and plants, and the geology of the area. In addition, the trail includes several amenities such as benches, garbage enclosures and pet waste stations, which are being maintained by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, with amenity maintenance funding provided by the Our Truckee River Legacy Foundation (OTRLF). Both the Tahoe Truckee Sanitation Agency and Truckee Sanitary District donated easements for this phase of the trail. OTRLF board member Andy Otto said, “The Legacy Foundation and the Rotary Club of Truckee are proud the Town has received recognition for their work. The Trail and the River are the heart of the Truckee. Phase 3A is significant in completing the entire trail from Glenshire to Donner Memorial State Park.””Phase 3A is clearly the most beautiful stretch of the Legacy Trail so far, enabling additional recreational options for Truckee, while helping us all understand Truckee’s history just a little bit more,” said Allison Pedley of the Truckee Trails Foundation. “The trail as a whole is quickly becoming one of our town’s greatest assets. We look forward to further collaboration to build the rest of the trail.”Established 20 years ago, the California Transportation Foundation (CTF) is now the leading charitable transportation organization in the state. Their efforts include scholarships for students planning a career in transportation, career development and awards and recognition for various categories of public transportation projects in California.The American Public Works Association and its Sacramento Chapter, exists to develop and support the people, agencies, and organizations that plan, build, maintain, and improve our communities. Working together, APWA and its membership contribute to a higher and sustainable quality of life. The APWA awards are reserved for projects that “demonstrate excellence in management, administration, design, construction and community relations.”- Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com