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Final section of Lake Tahoe bike trail to break ground this spring

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Attendees at the April 29 ceremony include, from left, Diana Dorman, Tahoe Fund (funding partner); Scott Cecchi, California Tahoe Conservancy (funding partner); John Pang, TCPUD, Board Director; Ron Treabess, TCPUD Board President; Bill Briner, Former TCPUD General Manager; Judy Friedman, TCPUD, Board Director; Lou Reinkens, Former TCPUD, Board Director; Sandy Evans Hall, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (funding partner); Dan Wilkins, TCPUD Director; David Tirman, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Board President (funding partner); Erin Casey, Placer County (funding partner); and Pamela Berger, Placer County Parks Commissioner (funding partner).

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The Tahoe City Public Utility District will break ground on the missing one mile section of the West Shore Bike Trail in Homewood in the coming weeks.

This connection has been a long time coming for many residents and TCPUD leaders, both past and present.

The first section of trail from Tahoe City to Cherry Street was completed in 1976. In 1980, the trail was built from Homewood Mountain Resort to the Placer County/El Dorado County line in Tahoma.

Due to controversy among Caltrans, homeowners and the public over an approved trail alignment, a one mile gap has been left unfinished between Cherry Street and Homewood Mountain Resort.

Thanks to the Caltrans Highway 89 realignment and compromise with the homeowners, an alignment solution has been reached, allowing for the completion of this section of trail.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 29 at the corner of Trout Street and Highway 89, along the route of the new trail.

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Distinguished guests in attendance included former TCPUD General Manager Bill Briner, who was instrumental in building and expanding the TCPUD trail network; and Lou Reinkens, former TCPUD Director who was also a big proponent of the trail network and dedicated to getting this missing link completed.

In addition to past leadership, representatives were present from each of the funding partners who collectively contributed over $2 million to make this project a reality.

Those partners included the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/Placer County, The California Tahoe Conservancy, California Natural Resources, Placer County Parks, and private donations through the Tahoe Fund.

"The financial support and flexibility from so many partners has been tremendous and a key to making this project happen," said Kurt Althof, TCPUD Grants and Community Information Administrator.

The trail will be constructed throughout the summer and expected to be completed this fall.

"We are thrilled to finally see this critical link in the trail network completed," added Cindy Gustafson, TCPUD General Manager.

This article was provided by the Tahoe City Public Utility District. Visit tcpud.org to learn more.