SR 89/ Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization

Tahoe Transportation District has been the local lead agency for the SR 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project. In 2011, TTD began an extensive public outreach campaign.  The campaign focused on collaboratively working with Tahoe City residents, local agencies and organizations, along with business and property owners to receive public imput to help create a final project design.  In 2015, environmental documents were certified and a preferred alternative was selected.

Led by Federal Highway Administration, Office of Federal Lands, Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD), the project included the construction of a new quarter mile segment of State Route 89 with a new 153-foot bridge crossing the Truckee River and roundabouts on the south end of the realignment next to the Tahoe City Transit Center and the north end near the Caltrans Maintenance Station.  Multi-modal improvements, such as new paved shared-use paths and bike lanes, were incorporated to enhance connectivity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Seventy-eight percent of the project is funded by the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP), with the remaining twenty-two percent provided by local matching funds from Placer County and the Tahoe City Public Utility District.

The Project Delivery Team is comprised of representatives from the Tahoe Transportation District, CFLHD, Placer County, Caltrans, United States Forest Service, the Tahoe City Public Utility District, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

New Gateway Completed

Members of the community and business/property owners and managers have expressed their desire for gateway features in two of the roundabouts. (not the “wye” roundabout). The new gateway has been completed. The design was developed using guidelines from the North Lake Tahoe Community Wayfinding Signage Design Standards Manual.

Goals

Project goals include:

  • Provide two safety routes from the west shore
  • Lessen vehicular emissions by alleviating traffic back-ups
  • Reduce traffic congestion to improve transit travel times and user experiences
  • Improve reliability and connectivity to the Tahoe City Transit Center
  • Decrease sediment run-off from graded stormwater treatment
  • Improve pedestrian and cyclists’ safety
  • Create a more safe and walkable area at the existing Tahoe City “wye”
  • Construct new paved shared-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Add complete street enhancements to the portion of old 89/West Lake Blvd. that will become a local road
  • Encourage economic development and revitalizing the community
  • Rebuild 87-year-old Fanny Bridge with sidewalks and bike lanes

Design

Aerial Design Images of Project Area

Status: Current
Start Date: 01/11/2011
Last Update Date: 12/09/2020

Timeline

In October 2019, the new Truckee River Bridge and SR 89 opened and new Tahoe City Gateway signs were erected in the new roundabouts on either side of the SR 89 realignment.

Construction of a roundabout at the Tahoe City “wye” intersection, the rebuild of Fanny Bridge, and the creation of a Complete Street* on West Lake Blvd. between Fanny Bridge and the Tahoe City Transit Center is currently scheduled to begin spring 2021.

Complete Streets are designed to enable safety for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and transit riders by incorporating bike lanes, sidewalks, and vehicular slowing solutions, such as median islands, curb extensions, and roundabouts.

1994 Tahoe City Community Plan identifies need for the project
2002 Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Project Study Report as part of Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program completed
2010 Water quality study, the Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load Report (TMDL), identifies transportation system as primary source of pollutants clouding Lake Tahoe
Early 2011 TTD launches Community Outreach Program
May 2011 TRPA, Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) and TTD, the project partners on the project, release Statement of Need and Purpose
November 2013 Finalized Economic Analysis
Fall-Winter 2013-14 Held Community Review Committee meetings
December 2014 Environmental Document published
March/April/May 2015 Project Approval Hearings held for lead agencies
May 2015 Environmental Document certified
May 2015 Alternative 1, Option 2 selected as preferred alternative
May 2017 –
October 2017
Construction in progress
May 2018 –
October 2019
Construction in progress
October 2019 Completed the construction of the new Truckee River Bridge, SR 89 realignment,  two roundabouts on both ends of the realignment and erected new Tahoe City gateway signs in each roundabout.
Spring 2020 Construction of realigned bike path along the new SR 89, reconstructing the bike path along SR 28 across from Fairway Drive, and sidewalk construction along the east side of SR 28 between Fairway Drive and the “wye” intersection
Spring 2021 Estimated start of construction of “wye” roundabout and replacement of Fanny Bridge (pending funding)
 Fall 2022  Estimated completion of construction of “wye” roundabout and replacement of Fanny Bridge (pending funding)

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