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Public meeting is Wednesday for Kings Beach 3-lane project

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun

Sun File PhotoThe downtown corridor in Kings Beach will be resized into three lanes.

KINGS BEACH, Calif. and#8212; Officials are asking for public input on a pivotal 14-years-in-waiting construction project that is designed to supply a significant upgrade to the downtown corridor in Kings Beach.

The Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project has two main components:

and#8226; Resizing the four-lane Highway 28 currently traversing through Kings Beach’s downtown corridor into three lanes, with accompanying sidewalks, benches, trash cans and other assorted neighborhood features.

and#8226; Designing and implementing a Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan, which involves mapping streets north of Highway 28 and#8212; in the area referred to by locals as The Grid and#8212; between Highway 267 and Chipmunk Street.

Dokken Engineering, a Folsom-based firm with a specialty in civic projects, has already begun the engineering phase of the project, said Theresa May Duggan, community outreach specialist for the project, collecting soil samples, mapping streets involved in the project, and conducting ground surveys.

However, the firm still wants feedback from the business owners, residents and other stakeholders regarding some salient features of the project.

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and#8220;I really encourage everyone to participate,and#8221; Duggan said. and#8220;Every idea is being considered.and#8221;

Duggan said while there are some solid aspects of the project, such as a three-lane road with roundabout features to allow for consistent traffic flow, nobody knows what the benches will look like.

and#8220;We want the process to be transparent and inclusive,and#8221; she said. and#8220;There is room for a lot of creativity.and#8221;

The engineering phase will last 18 months, Duggan said, followed by the construction phase, tentatively slated for the 2012 building season.

Phase 2 should last two building seasons, Duggan said, adding the project is estimated to cost $45-$50 million.