Since the Town of Truckee incorporated in 1993, a variety of streetscape projects have been planned and implemented in downtown. Some of these projects include Commercial Row, Brickelltown, Reimagine Bridge Street, and West River Streetscape. As of 2019, the Commercial Row and Brickelltown projects have been completed while the Reimagine Bridge Street and West River Streetscape projects are in the preliminary design and public input phase. The historical buildings in downtown date from 1885 to 1930. Downtown Truckee is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Nevada County, California.
Commercial Row includes the businesses from the east end of downtown Truckee to Spring Street. Brickelltown includes the businesses from Spring Street to the west end of downtown. Brickelltown serves as the western gateway to Truckee and is named after E.J. Brickell who was a partial owner of Truckee Lumber Company. Goals for the historic downtown area include emphasizing the preservation and restoration of historic structures and maintaining the general historic alignment and construction materials of buildings. Additionally, the district should enhance the pedestrian experience and minimize the visual impacts of cars.
To meet some of those ends, the Commercial Row and Brickelltown streetscape projects converted business frontages from a sea of asphalt into pleasant and walkable spaces for pedestrians. These projects are typically constructed in phases due to either funding or traffic control. After Commercial Row was completed, one of the goals for Brickelltown was to draw pedestrians across Spring Street to the rest of downtown. Brickelltown was identified as a project priority in 2003 and construction finished in 2017.
Two of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians in Truckee are on Bridge Street, where it intersects with Donner Pass Road and where it intersects with River Street. Preliminary planning for these projects has been going on since before the Town incorporated in 1993. They became project priorities more recently, with protected crosswalks as a top goal.
To meet a variety of goals in a physically constrained historical downtown area, the streetscape redevelopment projects on bridge street will consider multiple intersection types, roadway alignments, and parking/sidewalk configurations. Opportunities for public input have been in the form of workshops and online polling. As soon as the preferred alternative is identified, final designs will be pursued and construction tentatively scheduled.
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