Fanny Bridge/S.R. 89 Realignment

Project Area map Fanny Bridge DEIR-S

Fanny Bridge/S.R. 89 Realignment Project Map

 

December 2016:  Tree removal on the 64-acre Tract has begun. Construction of the new bridge and roundabouts is expected to begin this spring. More information regarding the phases of the project can be viewed here. Project updates are also available from the Tahoe Transportation District.

January 2016: As noted in FOWS’ request to the DOT and in previous comments, California officials are pursuing changes related to how transportation impacts are evaluated as the state recognizes that the type of transportation analysis used to support the expansion of SR 89 for this project is contrary to the goals of reducing traffic and greenhouse gas emissions. In January 2016, the California Office of Planning and Research released proposed updates to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to address this problem.

November 2015: FOWS submitted a request to the Department of Transportation for phased approach to project. Recommendations include:

“[We] recommend the DOT consider a phased approach. This would involve repairing Fanny Bridge, gathering current and appropriate information regarding pedestrian activity in the area, and testing alternative options (e.g. controlling pedestrian traffic in Tahoe City) to determine whether other measures will help alleviate traffic during the busiest peak periods. We believe this would be a more fiscally responsible and environmentally prudent approach to addressing peak period issues in this area.”

You can read the DOT’s response here.

May 2015: The Final Environmental Impact Report/Study/Assessment (FEIR/FEIS/EA) for the proposed Realignment of State Route 89 (in the area known as “Fanny Bridge”) was certified by the TRPA on May 27, 2015. The agencies’ “Preferred Alternative” (Alternative 1) includes a new 9-foot elevated bridge, 2-3 lanes wide with 8-foot shoulders on each side, spanning over the Truckee River, and a new elevated highway segment built across the remaining forested area of the 64-acre Tract. FOWS is concerned about the environmental and community impacts that will result from the new bridge and bypass, as well as the additional traffic it will likely generate along the West Shore. Worse yet, the project doesn’t even address one of the key causes of congestion at the Tahoe City Wye – pedestrian crossings in Tahoe City. The environmental documents failed to gather even the most basic information needed to assess impacts, nor to consider California’s recognition that these types of projects actually make traffic worse in the long run, and the final responses to comments give little consideration to the many comments, concerns, and suggestions raised by the public. As expressed in our comments and attachments to the TRPA Governing Board regarding the May 27th hearing, FOWS remains concerned with the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the proposed new bypass and bridge.

Learn more in our “Fanny Bridge Bypass: By the Numbers” summary:

FB by the numbers FINAL 2

In a rush to secure federal funding, the agencies have placed approval of the project documents on the fast track, with multiple votes and hearings scheduled for April.

Please attend these upcoming meetings and
let your voice be heard!

4/8:   TRPA Advisory Planning Commission, So. Stateline  Read FOWS comments to the APC
4/10: Tahoe Transportation District (TTD), Granlibakken  Read FOWS comments to the TTD
4/23: TRPA Governing Board, Kings Beach

According to the notice from Placer County, TRPA, and the USFS, the proposed project “aims to improve traffic congestion at the intersection of highways 28 and 89 in Tahoe City and address the long-term structural integrity of Fanny Bridge over the Truckee River. Improvements are designed to reduce traffic congestion, accommodate future traffic increases, enhance motorized and non-motorized mobility, increase access across the Truckee River, address pedestrian and traffic safety concerns, and encourage revitalization of the Tahoe City community.”

The environmental documents examine seven project alternatives and are available online. Maps of each alternative are shown below (click on images for larger view). The DEIR/S notes that Alternative 1 is considered by the lead agencies to be the ‘proposed project.’ The roadway image below is a simulation of one of the several alternative roadway bypasses included in the DEIR/S package (the final roadway width has not yet been determined). The bypasses in Alternatives 1-4 require the roadway to be elevated by up to ten feet for the new highway to cross the River.

Read the Fanny Bridge Project Frequently Asked Questions

 

Simulation of Bypass in Alt. 1 as presented in the Air Quality Appendix of the DEIR/S (image provided by local Tahoe City resident)

Simulation of Bypass in Alt. 1 as presented in the Air Quality Appendix of the DEIR/S (image provided by local Tahoe City resident)

Alternative 1: Bypass and Bridge Open to Local Traffic

Alternative 1: Bypass with Roundabouts and Bridge Open to Local Traffic

 

 

Alternative 2: Bypass and Bridge closed to vehicles

Alternative 2: Bypass with Roundabouts and Bridge closed to vehicles

Alternative 3: Bypass and SR 89 becomes Cul-de-sac south of Bridge

Alternative 3: Bypass with Roundabouts and SR 89 becomes Cul-de-sac south of Bridge

Alternative 4: Bypass, No Roundabouts, SR 89 becomes Cul-de-sac south of Bridge

Alternative 4: Bypass, No Roundabouts, SR 89 becomes Cul-de-sac south of Bridge

Alternative 5: No Action

Alternative 5: No Action

Alternative 6: Rehabilitate and Widen Bridge, No Roundabout

Alternative 6: Rehabilitate and Widen Bridge, No Roundabout

Alternative 6a: Rehabilitate and Widen Bridge, Install Roundabout at existing Wye

Alternative 6a: Rehabilitate and Widen Bridge, Install Roundabout at existing Wye

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FOWS is concerned about the potential for several impacts, including possible increases in traffic on the West Shore. Several West Shore community members have also  expressed concerns about the project. We encourage you to attend the meetings and/or submit comments.

Written comments were due February 17, 2015. Read FOWS Comments.
After TRPA approved an extension of the comment period, FOWS submitted additional comments on March 9, 2015.

Send correspondence to:

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency:
Brian Judge
bjudge@trpa.org

Tahoe Transportation District:
Alfred Knotts
aknotts@tahoetransportation.org