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Tahoe boat ramp to be replaced for $900K

The  51-year-old Lake Forest boat ramp located off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road could soon be replaced.

The 51-year-old Lake Forest boat ramp located off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road could soon be replaced.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Officials could begin work later this year on a $900,000 upgrade to the 51-year-old Lake Forest boat ramp.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District plans to replace the 35-foot-wide concrete ramp with a 45-foot-wide concrete ramp, said Matt Homolka, district engineer/assistant general manager.

The ramp — built in 1963 and located off Highway 28 on Lake Forest Road — is currently “failing,” he said.

Work will also include dredging the ramp’s fairway of built-up sediment. The project will cost about $900,000, Homolka said.

Construction funding, to cost about $700,000, will come from a California Wildlife Conservation Board grant, he said.

Additional outside sources are being assessed to cover the difference.

Work will either start this fall or during spring 2015 and take a few months to complete, Homolka said, during which time the ramp will be closed.

The Lake Forest boat ramp is open year round and has on average 3,425 users annually, said Kelli Twomey, director of resources development and community relations for TCPUD.