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Placer partial to three lanes, roundabouts for Kings Beach

Placer County recommended Thursday that the highway through downtown Kings Beach be reduced to three lanes and include roundabouts.

The recommendation was part of a 3,200-page final environmental document that was released to the public for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Project “-a plan to revamp the streets, sidewalks, parking, bike lanes and drainage of the North Tahoe town.

The project has been hotly controversial, particularly the main issues of whether the highway downtown should include four lanes and stoplights or three lanes and roundabouts.

“We expect that we will have large numbers of people at all four meetings to make their opinions known,” said Peter Kraatz, deputy director of public works for Placer County.

The plan will now head to the decision-making bodies at Placer County and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“There have been multiple delays,” said Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association. “We’re just happy to see something move forward.”

The project is tentatively scheduled for review and consideration by the TRPA’s Advisory Planning Commission on June 11 and the Placer County Planning Commission on June 18. Both commissions will make recommendations to their higher governing bodies, the TRPA Governing Board and Placer County Board of Supervisors. Those meetings are expected to occur later in June and July.

If the project is approved, design work will likely run into 2009, said Kraatz.

“Our dream still is to do some construction in 2009,” he said.

An electronic copy of the environmental document will be available by Wednesday, May 28, on the Public Works’ Web site: Hard copies of the report are available at local libraries and the offices of Placer County and the TRPA.

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