First Kings Beach roundabout finished, work moves off highway |

First Kings Beach roundabout finished, work moves off highway

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Crews have wrapped up major work on Highway 28 through Kings Beach in time for Lake Tahoe’s busy summer season.

Since the “Core of the Core” project began in April, the Coon Street roundabout has been completed; new sidewalks, curbs, gutters and landscaping along the south side of Highway 28 between Bear and Coon streets have been installed; and the road has been converted from four lanes to three.

From now until September, Q&D Construction will work in the Grid neighborhood along Bear and Coon streets and Salmon, Brook, Minnow and Steelhead avenues, installing traffic-calming measures and drainage and surface improvements, according to a news release.

While Placer County’s goal is to limit work on Highway 28 during July and August, AT&T has roughly 10 areas requiring utility relocations that are in conflict with fall work planned by Q&D, officials said.

As a result, AT&T’s contractor will work along the north shoulder of the highway between Secline and Deer streets in July and August. Three lanes throughout Kings Beach will be maintained, with work causing a shoulder closure.

In September, Q&D will resume work on Highway 28, with a focus on constructing the Bear Street roundabout after Labor Day. In addition, sidewalks, curb/gutter,and parking improvements will be installed along the north side of 28, between Bear and Coon Streets.

The $24 million Core of the Core project — expected to take two construction seasons — is the first of two phases in the $50 million Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, an initiative to upgrade and improve a 1.1-mile section of Highway 28 through Kings Beach.

Full completion is not expected until at least 2017. For more information, visit