Donner Pass Road Construction Updates

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June 2, 2020 4:32 PM

Donner Pass Road Construction

This project consists of road rehabilitation and shoulder widening on 6.5 miles of Donner Pass Road beginning at the Soda Springs exit and ending at the Truckee town limit east of the summit. Nevada County received California Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) funding for this project in 2015. The project is being managed by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD). The project will:
- Improve recreational and sightseeing access.
- Enhance parking on the east side of the summit for rock climbing, hiking, and biking.
- Create bike lanes in both directions on the west side and in the uphill direction on the east side.

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Latest Update:

August 29, 2022 10:36 AM

August 29 through September 1 - Donner Pass Final push for completion: The Donner Pass Road Project is nearly complete with our contractor, Herback Engineering Contractors, finishing up a substantial portion of the project by the end of this week. 

Work to be completed this week (August 29-Sept 1) includes: 

  • Placement of signage, snow poles, and erosion control

The remainder of the scheduled work includes:

  • September 6 through September 29 - AT & will be working on adjusting their utility vaults beginning the week of September 6.
  • October (dates unknow) Final road striping will be completed in October. 

Traffic Control for this week (Aug 29-Sept 1) for the east side of Donner Pass Road, from the summit to the Town of Truckee limits, will be as follows: 

  • Open to traffic Monday August 29th and Tuesday August 30th. 
  • Closed to traffic on Wednesday August 31 and reopening on Thursday September 1. 

Prior Updates

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August 18, 2022 12:51 PM

August 21 through August 23, 2022 - Donner Pass Road Striping - Beginning on Sunday, August 21, 2022, from 7 pm to 7 am striping will begin on the west side of Donner Pass Road from Soda Springs exit to the summit. Work on the west end will continue through Monday evening and into Tuesday, August 23 at approximately 7 am. There will be minor traffic delays during the road striping. The east side of Donner Pass Road to the Town of Truckee limits is scheduled to begin Tuesday at 7 pm through Wednesday at 7 am. This will necessitate the closing of Donner Pass Road Tuesday night August 23, 2022. The prior update from July 28, 2022, remains the same outside of this striping project.

Donner Pass Road Striping August 21 - August 23
July 28, 2022 12:15 PM

Update for July 28, 2022 - Donner Pass Road Paving Complete: The Donner Pass Road Project is scheduled to complete the major paving operation by July 31, 2022. This marks a milestone in this project. The road is wider and will provide improved access to recreation enthusiasts, especially bicyclists.  Beginning August 1, the roadway between the Rainbow Bridge and the Town of Truckee limits will be closed Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm, while roadway safety improvements are completed; however, we hope to open the road between 6 pm and 6 am daily, evening through the early morning.  The roadway will continue to be open on weekends from 6 pm Friday through 6 am on Monday.