Kings Beach Western Approach Project

Project Description:


Project Overview 

The Kings Beach Western Approach Project (Project) is a Placer County project that is being done in cooperation with Caltrans.  This project is proposing roadway improvements at and around the intersection of State Route (SR) 267 and North Lake Boulevard (SR 28) to enhance the safety and mobility of all roadway users, and to expand the streetscape aesthetics of the area.  This Project will connect with the complete street improvements of the adjacent Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project completed in October 2017 for the downtown core.  As a result, the project will provide a continuous Complete Street corridor from the downtown core to the west side of the community including the intersection of SR 28 and SR 267.  To learn more about what complete streets are, see the Complete Street discussion below. 

Purpose and Need

The purpose of the project is to improve overall accessibility, mobility and safety for all roadway users while providing a continuous complete street corridor.  The County desires to provide better connectivity between the downtown core and the west side of the community that extends to all transportation modes. The project is needed to provide safer facilities for cycling and walking.  While the existing intersection has bicycle lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks along SR 28, they are narrow, adjacent to traffic and are obstructed by the existing signal infrastructure and therefore need to be expanded to provide safer, dedicated facilities for local residents and visitors.

Goals and objectives of the project include: 

1) Improve safety and mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians; 

2) Provide a Complete Street corridor that connects to the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP); and 

3) Consistency with local, regional and state planning.

Project Alternatives 

The County is currently screening/analyzing three alternatives, a no build alternative and two build alternatives: a roundabout and a modified signal alternatives.  

All improvements associated with the build alternatives for the Project will transform the signalized intersection at SR 28 and SR 267 to an intersection that provides additional streetscape and mobility improvements for all roadway users. 

Two preliminary intersection build alternatives, a roundabout and a modified signalized intersection have been identified by the Project Development Team (PDT) to be further studied.  Variations of the roundabout alternative and the signal alternative were analyzed by the PDT but were rejected and will not be carried further.   

All build alternatives will implement a road diet/roadway reconfiguration by re-striping SR 28 to three lanes from approximately 2,000 feet west to approximately 250 feet east of the intersection with SR 267 in order to remove the only five lane section on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  To learn more about what a road diet is, see the Road Diet discussion on this site. 

The build alternatives will also look to provide a sidewalk along the east side of SR 267 from the intersection with SR 28 to Dolly Varden Ave.  The project will also look to add bicycle lanes on both the east and west side of SR 267 from the intersection with SR 28 to Dolly Varden Ave.  These improvements may be constructed as part of the project or phased for a future project. 

Roundabout Alternative: This alternative will remove the existing signal and replace it with a modern roundabout. This alternative shifts the intersection to the west of the existing intersection and incorporates Brassie Lane into the intersection, making it a four legged intersection.  The roundabout is a hybrid roundabout, which means that it is neither a single lane nor a multi-lane roundabout.  The roundabout is a single lane in all directions except in the eastbound direction.  In the eastbound direction the entry flares from a single lane to a through lane and a left turn lane, making a short multilane section through the circulatory roadway in the eastbound direction.

Signal Alternative This alternative is centered on the existing intersection but modifies the intersection configuration to be consistent with the road diet to the east and west of the intersection and better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. The proposed alternative reduced the number of through lanes in the intersection to one in the east and west directions and with appropriate turn lanes. Based on operational needs of the intersection only three pedestrian crossings are provided on the west, north and across the south driveway, which is consistent with the existing condition. 

Frequently Asked Questions?

Please feel free to review the FAQ for some frequently asked questions about this project. If you have a question you would like to ask, please send an email to the County’s Project Manager, Dan LaPlante.

Project History

The Kings Beach Western Approach Project is adjacent to and an extension of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP) that was completed in October 2017. The KBCCIP dramatically changed the look and feel of the highway corridor that runs through the community of Kings Beach by reducing the number of lanes from four to three lanes, added two roundabouts, installed on-street parking, sidewalks, lighting, streetscape amenities, and major water quality improvements.

In May 2017, the County in conjunction with Caltrans staff completed an Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) screening for the intersection of State Routes 267 and 28 in the unincorporated community of Kings Beach, California. The screening analysis concluded that roundabout control represents the only viable alternative for future intersection control based primarily on continuation of the Complete Street project completed east of the intersection on SR 28 in order to improve the safety and mobility of the nonmotorized traveler. Although this was the initial conclusion from the screening analysis, signalized alternatives are still being analyzed in a full Intersection Control Evaluation Analysis to ensure all alternatives options are considered prior to selecting the preferred alternative.

  • In October 2018 the County hired GHD Inc. to provide the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Document Services for this Project. You can learn more about this process in the Project Process discussion on this page.
  • Intersection Control Evaluation Screening 

Project Process

This project is on the State Highway System and therefore must be processed and evaluated in accordance with Caltrans regulations and requirements, in addition to those of the County.  The project is currently in the Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Document Phase.  The graphic below provides some more information on that process.  The project is anticipated to go to construction in 2022.

What is a Road Diet?

A Road Diet is a term used in the transportation industry which means taking the existing roadway and reconfiguring it, usually involving a reduction in the number of lanes. The primary benefits of a Road Diet includes enhanced safety, opening up the existing roadway to other users (bicycles, pedestrians, buses, etc.) to provide better mobility and access for all road users and creation of a "complete streets" environment to accommodate a variety of transportation modes.

This project is putting SR 28 on a Road Diet by converting the existing five-lane roadway segment to a three-lane segment consisting of two through lanes and a center, two-way left-turn lane.

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Road Diets have resulted in a 19%-47% crash reduction, reduced vehicle speed differential, improved mobility and access by all road users, and integration of the roadway into surrounding uses that results in an enhanced quality of life. 

FHWA has deemed a “Road Diet is a low-cost solution that addresses safety concerns and benefits all road users — a win-win for quality of life.”

For more information on Road Diets, please read this informational guide from FHWA.

What is a “Complete Street”?

The term Complete Streets is used to describe a roadway corridor that is designed to be safe and accommodating for people of all ages and abilities who may use the facility, including cyclists, pedestrians, cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, emergency vehicles, semi-trucks and more.  The complete street concept is flexible and is based on the context of the community in which it is being implemented.  A Complete Street can incorporate a wide range of elements, such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, bus lanes, public transportation stops, enhanced crosswalks, median islands, curb extensions, modified vehicle travel lanes, safety lighting, decorative lighting, seating areas or plazas, landscaping, and other amenities.   

Why Complete Streets? As cited by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), they can reduce vehicle collisions, pedestrian and bicyclist risk. They can also promote walking and bicycling by providing safer places which helps reduce the number of vehicles on the road, improving our environment and health!   For more information on Complete Streets visit the US DOT’s information page.  

Public Meetings

The County is intending to provide various opportunities for sharing this project with the community through public meetings, the project website, email blasts, and smaller stakeholder meetings.  

The first Public Meeting was held at the North Tahoe Event Center on June 18, 2019.  The project documents listed below were shared at the public meeting. 

An email blast was also sent on June 11, 2019 and can be found here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CAPLACER/bulletins/24b22a4?reqfrom=share.  If you would like to be added to the email list for this project, please provide your contact information here or send an email to the County’s Project Manager, Dan LaPlante, 

Opening Year Peak Traffic Roundabout Operations Simulation 

Opening Year Peak Traffic Signal Operations Simulation

 

  1. Dan LaPlante

    Phone: 530-581-6231

  2. Tahoe Engineering

    Physical Address
    7717 North Lake Boulevard
    Kings Beach, CA 96143


    Directions

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 336
    Kings Beach, CA 96143

    Phone: 530-581-6217