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Kings Beach three-lane project: Major work planned this summer for The Grid

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun
Image courtesy of Dokken EnginneringA look at the extensive traffic plan for The Grid area. To view the full plan, click on the attached PDF of this story.
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; The engineering firm working on the project to resize Highway 28 through Kings Beach into a three-lane path with roundabouts plans to begin major work this summer that will dramatically alter the side streets that make up the area often referred to by locals as The Grid.

Phase 1 of the four-year Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Program and#8212; which eventually will get rid of the four-lane makeup of Highway 28 though the North Tahoe community and#8212; includes installing 14 speed humps, four traffic circles and the possibility of one raised crosswalk throughout the neighborhood.

Gordon Shaw, principal of LSC Transportation Consultants and#8212; which works on the project in association with Dokken Engineering and#8212; said measures are being installed to discourage drivers from cutting through the neighborhood while construction goes on in subsequent summers through downtown Kings Beach.

and#8220;We want to let motorists know The Grid is not a place to cut through,and#8221; Shaw said.

Peter Kraatz, Placer County deputy director of public works, said the calming measures will be installed on a trial basis for the course of construction, with the possibility of permanent installation if they prove effective at managing traffic in the neighborhood.

During a recent outreach meeting, Dokken also solicited public feedback regarding Neighborhood Gateway Designs and#8212; or what type of features the public would like to see built near the townand#8217;s road access points.

Jan Colyer, executive director of Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, praised Dokken Engineering for the outreach campaign.

and#8220;Theyand#8217;ve really made a tremendous effort to include the public,and#8221; she said.

While the project was controversial at times and#8212; particularly the decision to resize Highway 28 from four lanes to three and#8212; many in attendance voiced support for the project.

and#8220;I have a kid and I want to be able to walk the streets safely,and#8221; said Aaron Zanto, a Kings Beach resident.