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Placer County Supervisors OK Agreement For Major Lake Tahoe Project For Pedestrians, Cyclists And Commuters

April 06, 2010

The Placer County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement for a project that will improve aesthetics, water quality and pedestrian, bicycle and access and safety on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.

The item, approved by the Supervisors at their regularly scheduled April 6, 2010 meeting, is a $3.9 million professional service agreement between the County and Dokken Engineering for detailed design work and permitting tasks for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. This agreement will begin the work of actually building the Core Project. As a corollary to the agreement, Public Works is in the process of arranging community meetings to explain to the public, and other interested parties, the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan. Dates and times of those meetings will be announced when they are finalized.

“I’m very excited we’re moving forward on this,” said Sup. Jennifer Montgomery, during today’s discussions. Montgomery’s Fifth Supervisorial District encompasses Placer County’s portion of Lake Tahoe. “The County has done a phenomenal job of reaching out to the public.”

The Commercial Core Project, more than a decade in the planning and approval process, will revitalize a 1.1-mile stretch of State Route 28 through the center of Kings Beach. The project’s goals are threefold: to improve pedestrian and bicycle access and safety along the highway; improve aesthetics; and improve water quality in the lake by capturing and treating runoff that now flows unimpeded into Lake Tahoe. The Placer County Department of Public Works is the lead agency on the project.

The Project has previously been approved by the Placer County Board of Supervisors, the Placer County Planning Commission, the California Department of Transportation, both the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board and the Advisory Planning Commission and the Federal Highway Administration. In addition, , the California Tahoe Conservancy, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and League to Save Lake Tahoe expressed strong support for the project.

“With all the various agency approvals, Placer County is now poised to move forward with detailed design of the project,” said Peter Kraatz, Public Works Deputy Director. “With Board approval of this consultant agreement, we are pleased to begin this phase of the project that will culminate in final design products and documentation to bid the project for construction.”

The Kings Beach Project, with a total cost of about $45 million, will take several construction seasons to complete and will be done in three phases. The first two phases will implement aspects of the project’s Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan. The first phase will install traffic calming devices in the grid of residential buildings to the north of the highway. The second phase will construct the remaining traffic measures, in addition to more than 6,000 feet of sidewalks, parking spaces, parking lots and water quality improvements. The third phase will involve major highway construction including lane modification, roundabout installation and more than 2.2 miles of sidewalk.

In an effort to keep as much business in the Tahoe Basin for building the Kings Beach project, half of the sub consultants that will be used by Dokken in this agreement for work on the Project are businesses from the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe.