Kings Beach traffic management rescheduled until 2011 |

Kings Beach traffic management rescheduled until 2011

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

KINGS BEACH, Calif.and#8212; As fall nears and the Tahoe construction season ebbs to a close, Placer County officials have conceded a residential traffic calming plan must be tabled until 2011.

Peter Kraatz, the Placer County public works deputy director, said the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan and#8212; an appendage of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Project, a plan to resize Highway-28 from a four-lane to a three-lane road and#8212; was hampered by having to re-bid the design of the project due to changing regulations.

and#8220;We had to go out and re-bid the project just because of new disadvantaged business enterprise rules that took effect after we originally advertised the project back in 2007,and#8221; Kraatz said.

The regulations required the county to seek local design contractors first before using external ones. The $3.9 million service agreement has again been awarded to Folsom-based Dokken Engineering and re-approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

Among the traffic management planand#8217;s additions to the Kings Beach back streets will be traffic circles, speed humps, gateway features, and a pedestrian walkway down Steelhead Avenue and up Coon, Fox and Secline Streets.

Kraatz said the county is still on track to meet its 2013 timeline to complete both the three-lane project and traffic management plan.

and#8220;We got through that haul, that administrative gauntlet, and now weand#8217;re back,and#8221; he said.

The postponed progress on the $1.3 million traffic management plan, Kraatz said, will begin next year and also include the potential construction of parking facilities just off Highway 28.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re still on a timetable that allows us to get a lot of work done from now to the end of the calendar year,and#8221; he said. and#8220;And still delivering a phase of this project for next year which would likely include the traffic calming measures off the highway as a phase one of this project and likely some public parking facilities as well on the highway.and#8221;

As the project goes forward, Kraatz said he hopes to join the community together as members collaborate on the appearances of the new construction.

and#8220;One of the first things we want to do is get the community engaged to figure out all the aesthetic improvements,and#8221; Kraatz said.

He said so far he has been working closely with the North Tahoe Business Association, the countyand#8217;s design review committee and Domus Development, the company responsible for an affordable housing project that will be under way at the same time in Kings Beach.