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Transportation committee reps to lobby Capitol

Nevada County Transportation Committee representatives will travel to the state Capitol Thursday to lobby for funding for local road projects.

NCTC Executive Director Dan Landon will be accompanied by Nevada County Supervisor Peter Van Zant and Truckee Town Council member Josh Susman.

Last week, Van Zant was selected to serve as NCTC chairman and Susman as vice chairman for 2002.

Landon said the trio will appear before the California Transportation Committee to speak in support of funding for three county projects identified as priorities by the NCTC last December.

The projects selected from the state’s 2001 Regional Transportation Plan include $16.3 million for a Dorsey Drive interchange, $500,000 for the state Highway 89-Union Pacific Railroad undercrossing widening project in Truckee, and $39.9 million for the state Highway 49 widening project.

“These are important projects that we’ve decided to use our state funding for,” Van Zant said.

While there’s a “strong likelihood” funding will be available for the Dorsey Drive and Highway 89 projects, Landon said the county could face some strong competition for funds for the second segment of the Highway 49 widening project.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer on the project’s first segment, which runs from Bear River/Placer County line north to Combie Road.

Landon said the NCTC will push Thursday for advanced funding for project development and design of the second segment, which runs from Combie Road north to Grass Valley.

“There’s a better than even chance we’ll get that funding,” Landon said.

The NCTC is hopeful that construction of the second segment will begin in 2006, Landon said.

The NCTC has seven members. The Board of Supervisors appoints two of its members, along with two county at-large representatives. And the county’s incorporated municipalities – Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee – appoint one member each.

– Kevin Wiser

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