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North Tahoe highway overhaul work wrapping for 2015 season

Staff report

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — With winter approaching, crews are putting the finishing touches on the Kings Beach highway revitalization project for this construction season.

Having gotten approvals to work beyond the Oct. 15 grading and roadwork deadline from Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, construction is anticipated to continue through the end of October.

Items being worked on include final roadway striping and installation of new light fixtures, benches, landscaping, signage and two new transit shelters — one locate at the Chevron Station and the other at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

Having started in April 2014, “Core of the Core” work has consisted of converting Highway 28 from four lanes to three, installing a roundabout at Coon and Bear streets, constructing sidewalks and installing stormwater treatment systems.

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

Crews are expected to finish Core of the Core work next spring, which will include sidewalk improvements in The Grid.

The second phase of the project, dubbed “Gateway to the Core,” is planned to be bid this winter and awarded in spring 2016, with work to follow.

It will consist of pedestrian and water quality improvements on both ends of Highway 28 in Kings Beach.

Completion of the entire core project could be in 2017, or earlier, depending on progress, according to past reports.

To get updates and to learn more about the project, visit kingsbeachcore.info.