Latest Update: September 9, 2021 4:29 PM
September 9, 2021 - The next phase of work on Donner Pass Road is set to begin. Road closure from the east side of Donner Summit to the Truckee Town limits is required for the next phase. The road will be closed around the clock Monday through Friday, September 14 to October 15, 2021.
September 8, 2021 1:13 PM
August 27, 2021- Repaving of Donner Pass Road from the Soda Springs exit to Donner Summit has begun and is anticipated to continue through September 21. AT&T crews continue to relocate utilities from the Summit toward Donner Lake. AT & T anticipates their work to conclude by September 3rd. We anticipate reopening this section of Donner Pass Road from the Summit to Donner Lake, seven days a week from September 7 through September 21. After September 21, work on the east side of Donner Summit may require closing the road again, Monday through Friday, pending weather and production. We will update the schedule once we have confirmation of the scheduled work that will begin after September 21st.
In addition in response to ongoing concerns about trash and human waste along Donner Pass Road, Nevada County and Placer County have partnered on a solution. In early July, the two counties placed five porta-potties and two animal-resistant dumpsters along this route. Stakeholders continue to monitor needs in that area and are exploring additional solutions to mitigate visitor impact.
August 2, 2021 -The Project on 6.5 miles of Donner Pass Road to rehabilitate and widen the shoulder continues to focus on rebuilding the roadway on the west side of the summit from the intersection of the Soda Springs exit on I-80 up to the summit. Although there are no road closures on this section of roadway, please expect up to 20 minute traffic delays. On the East side of Donner Pass Road from the summit to the Truckee Town limits the roadway will be closed from 7:00 a.m. Monday through 5:00 p.m. on Friday.
June 25, 2021 12:05 PM
The Project on 6.5 miles of Donner Pass Road to rehabilitate and widen the shoulder continues to focus on rebuilding the roadway on the west side of the summit from the intersection of the Soda Springs exit on I-80 up to the summit. There will also be intermittent work on the East side of the summit to the Truckee Town limits. Hours of operation will be from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Although there are no anticipated road closures at this time, please expect up to 20-minute delays for lane closures.
Also, Caltrans Paving Work Scheduled in Truckee Early Next Week Ramp and Lane Closures Anticipated on Interstate 80/State Route 89.
Caltrans is alerting motorists to expect travel delays, lane reductions and ramp closures on east- and westbound Interstate 80 (I-80) and State Route 89 (SR-89) in Truckee for paving work.
Caltrans is scheduled to pave ramps and a small segment of I-80 from the chain-installation area near Donner Pass Road to Central Truckee (exit 186) early next week. Motorists are advised to expect delays and seek alternate routes during the following ramp closures:
- Monday, June 28 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Paving the left (fast lane) of I-80 westbound from the SR-89 south separation to the chain installation area near Donner Pass Road.
- The SR-89 south on-ramp to westbound I-80 will be closed for paving.
- Tuesday, June 29 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The SR-89 south on-ramp connecting to eastbound I-80 will be closed for paving.
- The eastbound Central Truckee off-ramp will be closed for paving.
September 16, 2020 3:03 PM
The Donner Pass road closure will be extended from Rainbow Bridge to the summit on weekdays from 7:00 AM beginning September 21st through 5:00 PM October 2nd in addition to the existing closure from Rainbow Bridge to the Town of Truckee limits. The road will be open on weekends as usual.
June 2, 2020 4:36 PM
Construction activities have begun. Expect single lane closures as crews perform utility locating and survey layout. Delays should be minor, and flaggers will be present to assist motorists and cyclists through the project. This schedule will be updated as more information becomes available.
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. A typical road section will consist of two 11-foot lanes with 4-foot shoulders plus safety edges, except in the downhill direction on the east side due to topographical constraints. The project will also improve recreational and sightseeing access, with enhanced parking on the east side of the summit that connects to rock climbing, hiking, and biking amenities, as well as to historic and prehistoric features. Bicycling conditions will be improved with bike lanes in both directions on the west side and in the uphill direction on the east side. Enhanced pullouts and parking areas include the Rainbow Bridge parking lot, School House pullout, Star Wall pullout, Snow shed North and South pullouts, Space Wall pullout, and Black Wall pullout. During the winter the widening will also provide additional snow storage and improve access to winter recreational destinations. Nevada County received California Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) funding for this project in 2015. The project is being managed and delivered by the Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD).