Paiute Tribe, town of Truckee receive transportation grants

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Paiute Tribe, town of Truckee receive transportation grants

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded grants to both the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and the town of Truckee.

The grants are part of the department's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program, allocating $474 million to 52 projects in 37 states this year.

The Paiute Tribe will receive $2.9 million to relocate an intersection and build secondary access roads to tribal lands.

The grant will also cover improvements to the Pelican Point recreation site and allow for better storm water management with new retention basins to filter precipitation.

The tribe is one of only four tribal governments receiving funding this year.

The town of Truckee is getting $1.5 million to help build a tunnel to allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely cross under railroad tracks running along California State Route 89.

Currently, cyclists and pedestrians must pass under the railroad track in a narrow concrete tunnel with only two lanes of traffic that are frequented by large trucks.