Letter to the Editor: Three lanes will make Kings Beach more congested
Thank you for reporting on the Title VI Complaint filed with the FHWA. You did not report when the complaint was filed, which was in November 2009. The FHWA accepted the Complaint for investigation in January 2010 just prior to the TRPA Boardandamp;#8217;s reversal of their first vote. After this lengthy delay, the results were not unexpected.Placer Countyandamp;#8217;s press release (Aug. 22, 2011) states the Department of Public Works is lead agency. andamp;#8220;It is working with a long list of partner agencies, including the FHWA and Caltrans.andamp;#8221;FHWA simply deferred to Caltrans, and the findings even use the same language that Caltrans has used in other letters. This was a simple case of loyalty to the andamp;#8220;partners.andamp;#8221;FHWA quotes census numbers of 64 percent Latino and 36 percent Caucasian in the residential area receiving cut-through traffic, but their investigator said it was not 90:10 or 80:20, so there are no disproportionate impacts.The residential area of Kings Beach was always outside the project boundaries during the EIR process analyses. But Placer County begrudgingly added traffic calming measures and scant sidewalks in the residential area (about 20 percent of full sidewalks) which are small tokens to the safety of children.The FHWA investigator said there is a lot of traffic currently in the residential area, citing the 3,200 cars a day from Coon Street to Salmon (going to the post office). Like this commercial block represents vehicle counts in the residential streets.Placer County repeatedly claimed the andamp;#8220;single-lane roundaboutsandamp;#8221; alternative would take less time (two years) to install and cost less than the four lane alternative. Both these claims were false.Placer County also claimed congestion would occur 5-10 days out of the year. Now it is clear that Placer County and Caltrans (and their partners) are all the responsible parties when the reality of Tahoe City like congestion is created during the four busiest months.In a Resort Association survey, congestion is what 80 percent of the visitors dislike the most about Lake Tahoe.David McClureReno resident, North Tahoe business owner
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