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Tahoe Vista adds stoplight, revamps beach

Photo by Jason Kelley/Sierra SunJim Bowman, assistant resident engineer for Caltrans, looks over schematics for the traffic light that is scheduled to be active by May 23. The light is located at Highway 28 and National Avenue in Tahoe Vista.
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Tahoe Vista will get a stoplight and a revamped beach and boat ramp this summer.

Construction crews are finishing up new restrooms, picnic areas and re-vegetation along the shores of Lake Tahoe at the intersection of National Avenue and Highway 28. The project, built by the North Tahoe Public Utility District, will be completed and opened by July 1, said utility district manager Steve Rogers.

The beach has been an informal recreation area for years, said Rogers, but in July it will open with all the amenities of a formal public beach.



The project was funded by grants from the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, and by the sale of a parcel of utility district land across the street from the beach.

Caltrans has erected a stoplight at the intersection of National Avenue and Highway 28, although it has not yet been activated. Caltrans estimated the stoplight would be activated on May 23.



The light will improve safety for vehicles turning into the beach and help the flow of pedestrian traffic in the area, Rogers said.

“That whole intersection is a very difficult and challenging intersection,” he said.

Because of the high lake levels, the boat ramp will likely be heavily used after it opens, Rogers said.

A second phase of the Tahoe Vista beach project will add parking on the north side of Highway 28, when funding is available.


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