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End in sight? North Tahoe highway overhaul nears final phase

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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Last week the Placer County Department of Public Works and Facilities was given the OK by the county Board of Supervisors to advertise the last contract for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.

The contract, expected to be awarded by this spring, calls for the construction of project's second — and final — phase called "Gateway to the Core."

Work is anticipated to begin in June and includes extending sidewalks and water quality improvements on both ends of Highway 28 in Kings Beach as well as the construction of a public parking lot along Rainbow Avenue.

"The second phase of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project will bring highly anticipated mobility improvements that will better serve pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles and private vehicles," said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose region includes North Lake Tahoe. "The additional curbs, gutters, parking and sidewalks are improvements that will make the Kings Beach community a better place for its residents and its visitors."

Phase 2, along with Phase 1, dubbed the "Core of the Core," which is about 95 percent complete after two construction seasons, is estimated to be completed in October.

It's estimated that the entire construction cost for the Gateway to the Core is at $7.6 million, which includes construction, management and administration tasks, according to the county. The project is fully funded through State Transportation Improvement Program Funds.

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The two-phased Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project is an initiative to upgrade and improve the main 1.1-mile section of 28 through Kings Beach with sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and water quality improvements to create a pedestrian-friendly commercial center.

Visit kingsbeachcore.info for more information.