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$1.2M OK’d for bike path study on Highway 28 in Nevada

Annie Flanzraich
Sun News Service

INCLINE VILLAGE — The Washoe County Commissioners agreed at its Tuesday meeting to fund the final phases of the Tahoe Bike Path Project including public outreach, a feasibility study and preliminary design.

“You don’t want to build a scenic bikeway that does anything to disrupt the scenery,” Washoe County spokesman Bob Harmond said.

The Tahoe Bike Path Project is a a multi-jurisdictional project for a paved bike path from Crystal Bay to Stateline, Nev., along the East Shore’s State Route 28.

The Lake Tahoe Bike Path Working Group is comprised of representatives from Washoe County, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada State Parks and Nevada State Lands.

The first phase of the project is almost finished. The first phase was a smaller project to get field reconnaissance done earlier this year while the attorneys worked on the agreements to get the actual agreement done, said Karen Mullen-Ehly, a consultant for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“We figured we better get out there and get some field stuff going,” Mullen-Ehly said.

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The second and third phases include data gathering, public outreach for a feasibility study and preliminary design.

Those phases will cost about $1.2 million and take about a year, Mullen-Ehly said.

The public outreach for the project will include an interactive Web site, mass mailing to all Nevada land owners, public meetings and contacting local interest groups, Mullen-Ehly said.

A voter approved $5 million Nevada state bond funds the Bike Path Project. As the project progresses the working group will look into other funding match possibilities.