Placer approves $1.4M for Martis Valley Trail, Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project and more

Published March 31, 2021

The Martis Valley Trail and the Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project were among nine projects approved by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for approximately $1.4 million in lodging tax funding to support community priorities in eastern Placer County.

This year, the Capital Projects Advisory Committee, co-chaired by the county and North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, reviewed and evaluated 10 grant applications totaling over $1.7 million in transient occupancy tax funding requests. 


“The projects being funded are indicative of the investment our county continues to put back into eastern Placer through our transient occupancy tax program,” said District 5 Supervisor Cindy Gustafson. “From transportation, to recreation access, to preserving the region’s history -- the efforts made by our Capital Projects Advisory Committee represent a tremendous partnership to support local community projects of importance.” 


The Martis Valley Trail, a proposed 9-mile trail connecting Northstar Village with the Lake Tahoe Basin and the Town of Truckee, was awarded $500,000. The State Route 89/Fanny Bridge Revitalization Project received $300,000 to move into its second phase, which will include a roundabout, bridge replacement and complete street improvements on state Route 89. 


The Kings Beach Western Approach Project, intended to enhance safety and mobility for all roadway users around the intersection of state Route 267 and state Route 28, was awarded $250,000.


The Pam Emmerich Memorial Pinedrop Trailhead Improvements project was awarded $109,000 for the installation of bike racks, a bike fixit station, a shade structure, bench, permanent trailhead signs and a plaza. The SNOW Sports Museum, dedicated to memorializing the heritage of the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley and the legacy of alpine and Nordic sports in the Lake Tahoe area, will receive an additional $75,000.


View the full list of the approved and proposed projects.


The Capital Projects Advisory Committee – a 13-member group representing the broad economic and geographic interests throughout eastern Placer County – evaluates project proposals based on how well they advance key priorities outlined in the Tourism Master Plan for the region. The committee is co-chaired by Placer County and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and includes members appointed by community organizations representing resorts, small business, residents and visitors.


The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on which projects should receive funding allocated from the TOT tax collected from lodging guests in eastern Placer County.