Placer County sets deadlines for Tahoe 3-lane project |

Placer County sets deadlines for Tahoe 3-lane project

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; With final approval given and celebration parties winding down, county officials are setting deadlines to restructure Highway 28 into three lanes along a portion of Lake Tahoeand#8217;s north shore.

The Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, which will narrow the downtown main street from a four-lane road to a three-lane roadway with roundabouts is scheduled to begin construction in May 2011, said Ken Grehm, Placer County director of public works.

Grehm said the project will take three full construction seasons to complete, marking Fall 2013 as a tentative completion date.

Before construction begins, Grehm said the county must perform detailed engineering work on the design, secure TRPA and Caltrans construction permits and identify land parcels needed for purchase through right of way. This he said, is in addition to securing the additional $16 million to complete the $48 million project cost.

and#8220;Now weand#8217;re ready to go ahead and get into the detailed design work,and#8221; Grehm said. and#8220;We got through the big stuff and#8212; itand#8217;s time to build now.and#8221;

So far, Grehm said the top four sources for funding have been the Placer County Redevelopment Agency, Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act (federal money), state transportation dollars and the Transient Occupancy Tax, a tax targeting hotel visitors.

and#8220;One other thing we never want to lose sight of is a funding shortfall,and#8221; he said.

He said the county is looking for federal stimulus money within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the bulk of additional funding.

Grehm said the county plans to hold a public workshop soon to gather feedback on how the community wants to see the project phased. By phasing the project, the county can divide it and put a construction priority to the most important sections, he said.

Grehm said an example and#8212; and something he supports and#8212; would be to first install road modifications needed for the Kings Beach Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan, which is designed to filter traffic through the communityand#8217;s and#8220;gridand#8221; during construction. Doing so would provide a safe environment for Kings Beach when major roadwork begins, he said.

Kings Beach Housing Now, a project to bring 77 units of affordable housing into various Kings Beach communities, has a tentative construction start date set for May 2010, said Dennis Oliver, spokesman for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

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