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Current Projects
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For reports relating to current projects, please visit the Reports section of the website.
  See descriptions of current projects below.

SR 89 Mousehole Truckee
SR 89 is a major artery for vehicles traveling from I-80 to Lake Tahoe and several major recreation facilities in the area. The current Union Pacific Railroad underpass structure on SR 89 in Truckee, known locally as the "Mousehole," has long been the subject of discussion regarding its inadequacies. The structure was completed in 1928 by the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. It has become a focal point for traffic congestion and needs improvements to provide safe pedestrian and bicycle access. Pedestrians who use the route to access shopping nearby have been observed running through the Mousehole to avoid conflict with cars. Others climb up and over the 25-foot-high railroad embankment rather than risk walking through the underpass. 

Pedestrian walking through Mousehole

The Town of Truckee (as lead agency), Caltrans, and the Nevada County Transportation Commission are providing funding to develop a project to improve traffic flow and safety at the Mousehole. Caltrans assembled a Project Development Team for this project, and after looking at several alternatives, it was determined that due to the high cost of widening the existing vehicle tunnel or adding a new tunnel, the scope of work was then focused on constructing a Pedestrian/Bicycle Undercrossing Tunnel on the east side of SR 89 between West River Street and Deerfield Drive. A 12-foot-wide by 10-foot-high concrete tunnel for pedestrian and bicycle use is planned to be constructed beneath the Union Pacific Railroad tracks east of the existing vehicle tunnel.  In order to construct the project, Caltrans is providing $4.4 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) and $570,000 of toll credits to be used for federal matching purposes.  NCTC programmed and the California Transportation Commission approved an allocation on June 25, 2014 for $3.132 million in State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds.  Truckee is providing $350,000 from its traffic impact fee fund.  Based on current estimates, project construction was underfunded by $1.5 million, so Truckee submitted an application for a federal grant from the TIGER 2013 program in that amount and was awarded the amount needed.  The funds were obligated on June 27, 2014.  The Town received authorization to proceed with construction on June 30, 2014 and the project went out to bid in August.  The Town awarded the construction contract to Gordon N. Ball, Inc. on September 23, 2014 in the amount of $7,870,230 with a contingency budget of 10% or $787,000.  The Town anticipates that construction will begin in April 2015, after the April 2nd groundbreaking ceremony.  

Updated 4/2/15

Click here to view Mousehole Alternative 1 (
the pedestrian/bicycle tunnel alternative)

March 2015 Update on the Mousehole Pedestrian Tunnel Project

April 2, 2015 Mousehole Groundbreaking Ceremony

Truckee River Legacy Trail
The Truckee River Legacy Trial is a series of planned trails that locals and tourists alike enjoy year-round.  The Town of Truckee adopted a Trails and Bikeways Master Plan, which provides detailed guidelines for the development of over 130 miles within the Town.  The Truckee River Legacy Trail is a high priority trail.  When complete, this trail will connect the Donner Memorial State Park to the Glenshire neighborhood.  The majority of the route will parallel the Truckee River.  Phase 1 and 2 of the Truckee River Legacy Trail was completed in the summer of 2009 and Phase 3A was completed in 2010.  Phase 3B opened on August 8, 2014 (see invitation below to the opening ceremony).  Phase 4 and 5 are segments to be completed in the future.  For more details, click on the Truckee River Legacy Trail link below.

Truckee River Legacy Trail

Invitation to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Opening Phase 3B of the Trail -- August 8, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Time Lapse Video of the Bridge Being Installed Over Martis Creek -- A crane was used to put the bridge together and to set it in place.  The crane required 220,000 lbs. of counterweight, which you will see being placed on the crane in the beginning of the video.  The bridge was set on June 16, 2014.
Nevada County
Updated 4/2/15
Operational Improvements at Brewer Road and SR 49
This project will construct a right-turn pocket lane on northbound SR 49 to reduce congestion, potential rear-end collisions, and improve sight distance to northbound traffic.  It is located approximately 10 miles south of Grass Valley at the Brewer Road intersection.  The project is funded from the SHOPP Minor A Program and preliminary design and environmental work started in July 2014 with the Caltrans Design and Environmental units and is scheduled for completion in fall 2014.  The project was advertised on December 22, 2014 and awarded on February 10, 2015 to America Pacific Construction for $174,426.  Construction will begin in summer 2015.  Construction capital = $400,000.

Operational Improvements at Smith Road and SR 49
This project will construct a right-turn pocket lane on southbound SR 49 and will provide a standard public road approach that is tapered with 4 foot shoulders.  Funding is from the SHOPP Minor B Program.  Design and Environmental studies will continue through FY 2014/15 and construction is planned to begin in summer 2016.  Construction capital = $200,000.

Safety Improvement on SR 174 from Mosswood Lane to just South of Dalmatian Drive
This project proposes to realign two curves, widen shoulders, and improve the clear recovery zone between Mosswood Lane and Dalmatian Drive on SR 174 in Nevada County.  The purpose of this project is to improve safety and operations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.  It will help reduce the number and severity of collisions on the existing highway.  The project was amended into the 2014 SHOPP in September 2014, at a total cost of $12,080,000, including Engineering, Environmental, Right-of-Way, and Construction.  Preliminary Engineering work has begun and construction is planned to start in FY 2018/19. 

Widen SR 49 North of La Barr Meadows Project and Just Before McKnight Way Interchange
This project proposes to widen SR 49 to a four-lane conventional access control highway with a continuous median/left-turn lane, and 8-foot shoulders to improve traffic operations and safety.  The project is located south of Grass Valley in Nevada County, between PM 11.2, the north end of SR 49/La Barr meadows project, and PM 13.3, near the McKnight Way interchange.  The project is programmed in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from the Regional Improvement Program (RIP).  The Environmental phase (PA&ED) is programmed for $3 million and the Design phase (PS&E) is also programmed for $3 million.  Preliminary Engineering and Environmental studies will start this spring.

Nevada City
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