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Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project Contract Awarded

November 15, 2013

After decades of planning, public input and environmental review, the Placer County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday awarded a construction contract for the first on highway phase of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.

The Project will, when completed, transform a 1.1-mile section of State Highway 28 that runs through the center of this North Lake Tahoe community. The contract approved today will be for work on the “Core of the Core,” which focuses on the heart of the overall project.

The county received five bids for the project and the winning bid was submitted by Q & D Construction from Sparks, Nevada, in the amount of $21,375,000. Utility work and work within the neighborhood "Grid" for the project has been taking place for the past two building seasons with water, wastewater, storm water, electric and communications utilities being relocated in anticipation of the construction along Highway 28.

“Everyone, from the local level to the federal level, realizes that we need to do all we can to stop the loss of clarity that Lake Tahoe has suffered since the 1950's” said Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose 5th District includes 40 percent of Lake Tahoe. “The project hits the ‘sweet spot’ of the triple bottom line.  It will not only help economically revitalize the Kings Beach commercial core, and will create a cohesive, walkable community, but will serve as a model on how to improve the health of Lake Tahoe.”

The project will improve roadway, pedestrian, bicycle, and roadside drainage facilities; and provide treatment for storm water runoff that currently flows into Lake Tahoe. When finished, the project will prevent on the order 45,000 pounds of sediment annually from washing into the Lake. Sediment runoff is one of the reasons Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity has diminished over the past several decades.

“This project, in one form or another, has been in development for several decades and the Board of Supervisor’s action this week to approve a construction contract is a huge milestone,” said Dan Laplante, Associate Civil Engineer with the Placer County Department of Public Works, the department that will manage the project. “It is rewarding to see all the work that the residents, the businesses and county staff has been molded into a project that will make Kings Beach more attractive, and a safer place for residents and visitors to travel through and have improved non-motorized modes of accessibility in the community.”  

Some of the project improvements include:

  • 10-foot wide sidewalks;
  • curbs and gutters;
  • bicycle lanes;
  • roundabouts;
  • public parking facilities;
  • streetscape infrastructure; and
  • high tech stormwater treatment facilities.

The Core of the Core project is fully funded through the Federal Highway Administration, Placer County Successor Agency, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Placer County Traffic Impact Fees, State-Local Partnership Program, State Transportation Improvement Program, and a State Community Development Block Grant.