SR89/ 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.


Project goals include:

  • Improving pedestrian and cyclists’ safety
  • Reducing traffic congestion to improve transit travel times and user experiences
  • Providing two safety routes from the west shore
  • Making the “wye” area more inviting for shopping and dining
  • Adding complete street enhancements to the portion of old 89/West Lake Blvd. that will become a local road
  • Encouraging economic development and revitalizing the community
  • Rebuilding 87 year-old Fanny Bridge with sidewalks on both sides
  • Improving reliability and connectivity with the new transit center
  • Lessening emissions by a reduction in vehicles idling in traffic and sediment run-off from graded storm water treatment


Aerial Design Images of Project Area

Status: Current
Start Date: 11/13/2019
Last Update Date: 12/20/2019


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 may begin in the spring of 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 2018
Construction in progress
May 2019 –
October 2019
Construction in progress – New bridge and two roundabouts completed
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)