SR 89 FANNY BRIDGE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN SUMMER 2016

See “Tahoe In Depth” Summer 2016 Issue by Carl Hasty, District Manager, Tahoe Transportation District

Construction is scheduled to start this summer on Tahoe Transportation District’s SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project in Tahoe City with completion in summer 2017.

The project represents a critical contribution to the future of the region by reducing traffic congestion, improving pedestrian and cyclists’ safety, implementing environmental improvements, and contributing to the city’s overall economic vitality while maintaining its distinctive character. By providing a walkable/bikeable area, TTD is confident residents/visitors will be inspired to get out of their cars and explore the vibrant, prosperous community.

Other enhancements include two safety evacuation routes for west shore residents and North Tahoe Fire Protection District. Long term benefits include less emissions by a reduction in air pollution from vehicles idling in traffic, and less sediment run-off from upgraded storm water treatment.

Set at the intersection of state Routes 89 and 28 at the northwest corner of Lake Tahoe, the project will replace the 87-year old Fanny Bridge, add a new two-lane bridge similar in size over the Truckee River west of Tahoe City, as well as three roundabouts – one at the “Wye” (intersection of state Route 89 and state Route 28) and one at either end of the new alignment.

This summer’s construction phase will build the western and eastern roundabouts and the new Truckee River Bridge. Once opened this will create a new alignment for thru traffic for travelers heading north and south. This alignment is expected to be open summer 2017 as work begins on the second half of the project – the new Fanny Bridge, “Wye” roundabout, and complete street enhancements to the portion of “old 89” that will become a local road.

Funds for the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Project include $30.6 million from the Federal Lands Access Program (awarded 2013), $4.9 million from the California Transportation Commission Active Transportation Program, and $3.7 million from Placer County. The community has been involved in the design phase since the funding was secured.

Information/updates visit www.FannyBridge.org

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US 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project Community Meeting

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RSVP on Facebook and submit questions to Tracy Franklin by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 8.

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South Lake Tahoe loop revitalization plan gaining traction with public outreach

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Whether it’s for ski season or summertime recreation, a host of successful tourism destinations in the U.S. have one thing in common — a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown. It’s an area where a number of South Shore transportation officials, tourism promoters and city officials have said that South Lake Tahoe and neighboring Stateline fall woefully short.

That’s the primary focus behind the ongoing Loop Road plan, officially known as the South Shore Community Revitalization Project. The project is being led by Tahoe Transportation District. Read more at Tahoe Daily Tribune

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How Hard Is It To Catch A Bus At Lake Tahoe? That Depends

Yesterday we looked at ways Lake Tahoe jurisdictions are reducing how much road grit is polluting the water. But environmentalists contend the only meaningful way to “Keep Tahoe Blue” is getting people out of their cars altogether. Our reporter Julia Ritchey explores if that’s really feasible. Read more at KUNR.org

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US 50 Community Revitalization Open House

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Tahoe Transportation District seeking lake-wide plan

The Tahoe Transportation District board of directors approved an eight-year vision to complete a transportation system connecting lake-wide communities and Truckee along US 50 at South Shore and 1-80 at Truckee. Read more about this visionary plan at Tahoe Daily Tribune. http://www.tahoedailytribune.com

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What’s new on the US 50 project? Come find out.

US50 Open House Dec 1st

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TRPA Governing Board Unanimously Approved the TTD’s SR89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project

On May 27, 2015 the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board unanimously approved the TTD’s SR89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project.

The project includes constructing a new bridge over the Truckee River just east of the existing Caltrans yard, located on SR 89 coming into Tahoe City from Highway 80; the rebuilding of the existing Fanny Bridge giving it a lifespan to exceed 25 years, resolving the long-term structural and safety issues of the 87-year-old bridge at the Northwest corner of Lake Tahoe.

The Fanny Bridge Revitalization Project will give Tahoe City a new look and safer roadways.

The Fanny Bridge Revitalization Project will give Tahoe City a new look and safer roadways.

Three new roundabouts will aid in alleviating traffic back-ups.

The project will also provide two emergency safety egresses and ingresses to and from the west shore and make multi-modal transportation more safe and efficient in and around the Tahoe City wye.

The existing section of SR 89 along West Lake Blvd. between Fanny Bridge and the eastern roundabout in front of SaveMart would be relinquished by the state to Placer County. This allows for traffic calming measures, beautification and multi-modal safety. Design features can include: landscaped areas, raised landscaped median, on-street parking, sidewalks, street lighting, benches, etc. The area would become more user friendly for cyclists and pedestrians.

As a locally controlled street with a contemporary, complete-street design, it could be temporarily closed for community events, such as Farmers’ Markets, street fairs, art exhibits.

Funding

Approximately $25.5 million in Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) funds will go towards the overall project costs for construction.  The FLAP supports state and local efforts related to public roads, transit systems and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators accessing Federally owned lands.

Timeline
(May be subject to change.)

November 2015
70 percent design submittal

January 2016
95 percent design submittal

March 2016
100 percent design submittal

May 2016
Award construction contract

June 2016
Construction starts and is anticipated to last for two seasons.

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SR 89/ Fanny Bridge on Lake Tahoe Newsline

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SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project Public Meeting

TTD_Public Meeting Dec. 4, 2014. email

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