Tahoe Transportation District awarded $25.5 million in funds

If you haven’t read about it in the local Lake Tahoe and Truckee newspapers or seen the press release posted on the TTD site, then it’s a good thing you’re following our blog posts. The Tahoe Transportation District was awarded $25.5 million in funds from the Federal Lands Access Program for the State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project, Meeks Bay Bike Path and the Dollar Creek Shared Use Path.

The State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project will improve pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety and make public transportation more effective with long-term strategic connectivity, reliability and travel times.

The State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project will improve pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety and make public transportation more effective with long-term strategic connectivity, reliability and travel times.

FLAP, that’s short for Federal Lands Access Program, awards financing to projects that improve transportation facilities near Federal lands. The program 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.

Seems like a perfect fit for the Tahoe City Area.

Of the three projects, Fanny Bridge has been of major public interest since it was introduced in the 1994 Community Plan, with a study report approved in 2002. Goals include improving pedestrian, cyclist and driver safety; making public transportation more effective with long-term strategic connectivity, reliability and travel times. It will also provide two viable emergency evacuation routes from the West Shore; lessen environmental impacts by reducing vehicle emissions and improving storm water treatment.

The project plans to address the iconic 84 year-old structurally deficient Fanny Bridge. It will also aid in alleviating present and future travel back-ups in and around the Tahoe City intersection where Highways 28 and 89 meet. Nicknamed the “Wye,” it’s the main artery for Tahoe City, various National Forests and State Parks, private businesses and Tahoe’s world class ski and summer resorts. Specifically, the project area includes State Route 89 into Tahoe City from the West Shore, the Truckee River Bridge and associated intersections and along State Route 89 entering into Tahoe City from Truckee and SR 28 from Kings Beach.

Tahoe Transportation District, a bi-state organization responsible for the implementation and management of transportation and transit projects and programs in the Tahoe Basin area, will continue to coordinate with local, state, and federal partners to secure the remaining funds, estimated between $7.5 million.

Currently, the SR89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project is under environmental review, which involves collecting field data necessary to develop required environmental and technical studies. An estimated completion date for drafts of the Technical Environmental and Engineering Studies is fall 2013 with release of a draft environmental document in winter 2014. A preferred alternative has not been selected.

TTD will be presenting project information before the Placer County Board of Supervisors, Oct. 22. The agency is also working on a focused economic study with an estimated completion date of fall 2013. Depending on funding, construction could begin in 2015.

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