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Tahoe City’s Lakeside bike trail gets final $2.5 million nudge

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m., Thursday, March 25

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; With fresh ink on a $2.5 million grant, the last phases of the community’s long-awaited 1.1-mile Lakeside trail can finally be completed.

On March 18, the California Tahoe Conservancy awarded the conditional authorization of a site improvement grant to the Tahoe City Public Utilities District to complete the trail. This summer’s construction will complete Tahoe City’s missing link to the North Shore, West Shore and Truckee River Trails systems and create a 19-mile network of Class 1 trails, according to a TCPUD press release.

and#8220;This grant, combined with $1.075 million received from the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and $800,000 requested from the Federal Highway Administration will provide the funding necessary to complete the Lakeside Trail system in Tahoe City,and#8221; said TCPUD Board President Dan Wilkins. and#8220;We are honored to have been awarded these funds.and#8221;

TCPUD General Manager Cindy Gustafson said the project is the result of many years of toil and support from community partnerships.

and#8220;It’s been a 20-year history of the community working together to bring this project to fruition,and#8221; she said.

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CTC awarded an additional $3.25 million grant for the Blackwood Creek Restoration project on the west shore. CTC officials said the project will restore nearly 3/4 miles of Tahoeand#8217;s most heavily modified watersheds in the basin, decreasing runoff from the basinand#8217;s largest sources of fine sediment and improve Tahoeand#8217;s lake clarity. Details of the project include stabilizing eroding banks, restoring hydrologic functions and improving aquatic and riparian habitats.

According a CTC press release the first stages of the project will break ground this summer.

Topping off the grants, the conservancy also authorized $852,000 to treat more than 400 acres of conservancy lands near and within developed neighborhoods on the California side of the basin. These projects will reduce fire hazards, improve habitats and provide new open space, according to CTC.

and#8220;Todayand#8217;s action provides funding to complete several of our highest priority projects in the basin,and#8221; said Patrick Wright, the conservancyand#8217;s executive director. and#8220;They will help restore the lake, increase recreational opportunities, protect our homes and property and provide much-needed jobs to stimulate the basinand#8217;s economy.and#8221;