Construction on Donner Summit projected to end in 2022


Construction on Donner Summit projected to end in 2022


“Roadvert shutd” signal on Donner Move Roadvert headverting to Donner Summit.
Elizabeth White

Enchancment on Donner Move Roadvert is slated for a July Fourth completion, officers said.

The enterprise starts On the Soda Springs exit and finishs On the metropolis of Truckee. This enterprise prices roughly $20 million, and has been undermethod since Might 2020.

Afacet from newly paved roadverts, there May even be advertded bike lanes and broadned shoulders on the roadvert for greater entry to climbing, biking, mountaineering and sightseeing. These newly paved and broadned pullouts will embrace School House, Star Wall, Snowshed, Space Wall, Black Wall, and the Rainbow Bridge Parking lot.

Based mostly on Patrick Perkins, Nevadverta County Public Works principal civil engineer, the east facet of Donner Move Roadvert Shall be open as quickly as extra starting Nov. 1, with all work carried out by summer time.

Perkins said that Earlier to the enterprise, There have been a quantity of gravel pullouts that have been To not authorized regular.

“So we’re making an try to pave these out, making them Barely bit greater and broadr So as that when People are pulling over they’re utterly out of the roadvertmethod to make it safer For everyphysique,” he said. “Some Might be for one or two automobiles or some Might be For 3 or 4 automobiles, it simply depfinishs. We’re making an try To maximise space.”

Perkins said thOn The complete enterprise Is notably focused on advertding a 4-foot broad bicycle path from the Soda Springs exit to the Truckee metropolis restricts. The enterprise will broadn the roadvert, Which may give cyclists More room And current a safer environment for them.


The enterprise has confronted a quantity of challenges — the local climate on the summit and the pandemic being its primary advertversities.

Enchancment winding up for the season on Donner Summit.
Elizabeth White

“You’ve acquired rock on one facet and nofactor on The completely different facet, so broadning has undoubtedly launched its challenges,” Perkins said.

Staff have Needed to chip, drill, and pull out granite So as To Obtain The specified size, which has taken up a lot of the enterprise’s time. Furtherextra, As a Outcome of of pandemic it has been troublesome for crews to get the supplies they want in a well timed method.

Perkins estimates thOn the enterprise Shall be carried out shut to July Fourth, although many elements could alter that timeline. An extfinished winter could delay The start time, or A persevering with scarcity of manpower and supplies.

“We’re 75-80% carried out with the enterprise at this level,” Perkins said. “We do have A lot of paving to do on the east facet subsequent season and this season We’re anticipating paving from the summit Proper down to Rainbow Bridge, After which we’re going to wrap up for the yr. Starting subsequent season we’ll be working from Rainbow Bridge Proper down to the metropolis of Truckee restrict.”

Perkins advertditionally famous that There is an ongoing effort between Placer and Nevadverta County To place out short-term restrooms and garbage amenities, however is not sure if the amenities Shall be provided Inside The approaching summer time seasons.

For refacetnts dwelling Inside The world, There is a portion of the roadvert on the west facet, previous the Summit Haus, That is nonetheless partially open. People can use the Soda Springs exit onto I-80 to get into Truckee. There was a visitors advertministration crew stationed there for the previous two summer occasions.

“An ongoing cas quickly asrn we’ve hadvert is making an try To primarytain the wait occasions down.” Perkins said wait occasions for refacetnts dwelling on the roadvert can typically be As a lot as 20 minutes, with the objective being round 10 minutes.

“I do Know it’s been a sizey haul and it’s undoubtedly inconvenient for the People that stay there,” he said. “We’re making an try Our biggest to get factors out of The biggest method, and We truly do respect their endurance. We’re making an try To place collectively A great enterprise, and typically it takes Barely bit sizeyer than We anticipate it’s going to, however I might pretty take Barely bit sizeyer and get A great enterprise than Attempt and To hurry by way of it and have one factor that’s not going to be A great product when everyfactor Is claimed and carried out.”

Elizabeth is is a staff author with the Sierra Photo voltaic. She Might be reached at [email protected]