Why doesn’t the Town install speed humps or speed bumps?
Speed humps and speed bumps are vertical obstacles in the road extending across a travel way to slow vehicle speeds. They are made of asphalt, concrete, plastic, rubber, or metal. The Town does not recommend installing speed humps or bumps on publicly maintained roads due to their lack of effectiveness, impediment to snow removal operations, and installation and maintenance costs.
Information provided by neighboring jurisdictions has shown that speed humps have not been effective at significantly reducing vehicle speeds, reducing speeds by only 1 or 2 mph and in some cases resulting in higher speeds.
Additional issues with speed humps include:
Interference with emergency vehicle response times.
Increased traffic noise levels from engines revving over the speed humps.
Increased acceleration between the speed humps.
Increase in vehicle exhaust emissions from acceleration after going over speed humps.
Where does the Town install crosswalks?
Crosswalks may be located at signalized and unsignalized intersections or at mid-block locations. Crossings at intersections with higher levels of pedestrian traffic are more likely to be marked with a crosswalk, whereas intersections with lower levels of pedestrian traffic are less likely to be marked. In addition, mid-block crosswalks are not recommended unless accompanied with physical features (such as a center island). When determining where a crosswalk should be located and how it should be marked, several roadway and pedestrian characteristics are examined such as: the speed limit of the roadway, traffic volumes, number of travel lanes, road width, presence of center islands, pedestrian traffic volumes, pedestrian behaviors, visual clearance, and collision data. Efforts are made to mark crossings at convenient and safe locations. However, pedestrians should always remain “heads up” when using crosswalks as markings and signs do not protect against inattentive drivers.
Driving directions to the Department of Public Works Public Service Center
Coming From Reno: Take I-80 westbound. Exit on the 188 off ramp. Turn right from the off ramp at the signal. Go through the round-about to its 3rd exit which is Truckee Way. Continue on Truckee Way through a second round-about. After you drive over I-80, Stockrest Springs Road will be on your left. Turn left on Stockrest Springs Road then make the first left on Stevens Lane. Stevens Lane ends at 10969 Stevens Lane which is the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works Department Public Service Center.
Coming From Sacramento: Take I-80 eastbound. Exit at the 188A exit. Turn right onto Truckee Way. Turn left on Stockrest Springs Road then turn left on Stevens Lane. Stevens Lane ends at 10969 Stevens Lane which is the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works Public Service Center.
For truck and shop deliveries, please call Fleet Services at the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7708.
For road and snow related issues, please contact the Town of Truckee Department of Public Works at (530) 582-7707.
Will the Town of Truckee Remove Snow From My Driveway?
In the event one of our blowers has accidentally deposited snow into your driveway, we will make an effort to remove it as soon as possible. The time it takes for us to return to your residence is dependent upon the severity of current storm conditions. The Public Works Department does not provide private snow removal services for driveways. For private snow removal service, please consult your local telephone listings. The Town is not able to give referrals.
A Town snowplow damaged my car/property.
If possible, do not move the vehicle or damaged property until a Town employee can investigate. Please call the Operations Center at (530) 582-7707 to arrange for a member of staff to respond. You can also go to the Department of Public Works webpage and click on Claim For Damages Procedure for information on how to file a claim as well as download a claims form.
Can you tell me if Interstate 80 is open?
Please call Caltrans at 511 or at (800) 427-7623 and follow the instructions.
When will my street be plowed?
To get an estimate on when your street should be cleared, please call the Operations Center at (530) 582-7707.
When is the Town going to start plowing the streets?
Snow removal crews are dispatched when over 3 inches have accumulated on the roadway. During a snow storm, snow removal crews are scheduled 24 hours a day until all roads are clear.
Why hasn't my street been sanded, it is icy everywhere!
The Town sands school bus routes as well as a few extremely icy areas. School bus routes are done a regular basis and prior to regular school pick up.
I have been calling the Public Works Department, but the phone is answered by the voice mail system.
The phones at the public works operation center are manned during normal business hours and monitored during winter storm events. If you were transferred to voice mail, all lines are in use. Please leave a message and we will return your call. Keep trying if you need to talk to someone immediately.
How can I find out about road conditions in our area?
The Public Works Department Operation Center receives calls during normal business hours and storm events. Crews monitor this message system throughout each shift and will make every effort to return your call. For state-maintained roadways, call 511 or (800) 427-7623 and follow their push button directions.
I have sometimes seen the Town of Truckee trucks driving along with their snowplows up when it is snowing. Why?
There are several reasons plows aren't always pushing snow. Snow equipment may be spreading sand, may be out of sand and heading back to the maintenance yard for the refill, or traveling to a different assigned area. Be assured that once it snows the Town of Truckee crews work around the clock until the roads are in good shape.
What should I do if an emergency occurs and I don't think the rescue or emergency vehicles can get through on the roads?
Call 911. The local and/or state police coordinate with us if they need help getting roads cleared to get to you.
Which roads are the Town of Truckee responsible for clearing?
We are responsible for clearing Truckee maintained roads. Nevada County, Placer County and State of California clear their own roadways.
How does the Town of Truckee prepare for the snow season?
Town of Truckee road maintenance employees prepare throughout the year for snow removal. Equipment is tested on dry runs, employees are given special training, snow routes are reviewed, and private on-call snow removal contracts are put in place to help with snow removal and snow hauling when necessary.
Who do I report pot holes in roads to?
The Department of Public Works – (530) 582-7707.
Who should I call about snow removal?
Please see the Town of Truckee's snow removal webpage. The department of Public Works may also be reached at (530) 582-7707.
Who plows the snow?
The Town of Truckee Department of Public Works and various contractors.
Who is responsible for sidewalk maintenance?
Unless a property is part of a Community Facilities District or Assessment District that includes sidewalk maintenance, adjacent property owners are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk along the property frontage, whether or not it is on private property or in the public right of way. Community Facilities District or Assessment Districts are currently established in Brickelltown, the Railyard, and along the western Envision DPR segment (Donner Pass Road from Cold Stream Road to SR 89 South).