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‘Huge undertaking’ in highway overhaul this week in Kings Beach

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This map shows where main work on the project will occur, in terms of the core construction area and street improvements in The Grid.

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — In an effort to wrap construction along a 1-mile stretch of Highway 28 at North Lake Tahoe before the Fourth of July, work crews plan to repave the eastern portion of the highway this week, officials said.

In a Friday statement, Placer County described this week's work by Q&D Construction as a "huge undertaking" that will likely cause traffic delays.

"This work will require the grinding of the existing road section between Coon Street and Beaver Street, and then repaving with asphalt to match the new concrete curb and gutter along the edges of the highway," officials said.

Work will take place Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to the county; paving is anticipated to be completed on Friday, June 26.

Further, up until July 2, crews will complete as many sidewalk improvements as possible on the south side of Highway 28 between Coon Street and the Minnow Avenue parking lot.

Placer County's goal is to have this section of sidewalk open for use by the Fourth of July weekend, according to the statement.

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Officials also are urging residents and visitors to respect the cone zone through downtown Kings Beach and refrain from parking illegally.

"Although a goal of the project is to provide as much on-highway parking as possible during construction, motorists must be aware that vehicles parked along the south side of the highway between Coon Street and Bear Street, are parked illegally as they block the designated bike lane," officials said. "Please note that this area will be enforced as a 'No Parking' zone."

Barring any major delays, it's expected this first phase of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, the Core of the Core, will be completed this fall.

The Core of the Core project is the first phase in the $50 million, two-phased project, an initiative to upgrade and improve the 1.1-mile section of Highway 28 through town.

The "Gateway to the Core" is next. Placer County intends to bid that phase this summer, award a contract this fall and carry it out during the 2016 construction season.

To learn more about the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, visit KingsBeachCore.info, where you can also view recently added project photos.