Kings Beach Western Approach Project
The Kings Beach Western Approach Project (Project) is a Placer County project that is being done in cooperation with Caltrans. The project consists of pedestrian improvements and a new roundabout 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 complete streets, see the Complete Street discussion below.
The preliminary design and environmental document are complete. The Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study & Checklist are available at the California State Clearinghouse website here: https://ceqanet.opr.ca.gov/2021020211/2
Currently, the plans, specifications, and project estimate are in progress. Full construction funding has not yet been secured. Construction is expected to start in 2024 or 2025, assuming the project is fully funded.
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.
- Improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and mobility by reducing the roadway to three lanes, providing better bicycle and pedestrian facilities and improving transit stops to create a complete street (similar to the Kings Beach Commercial Core)
- Establish a sidewalk connection from State Sate Route (SR) 28 (N Lake Blvd) to Dolly Varden Ave along SR 267 (N Shore Blvd)
- Reduce lanes on SR 28 to one-lane in either direction for safety and consistency in the corridor.
- Provide reduced length, high visibility crosswalks with lighting and signage.
- Three alternatives are being considered: a roundabout alternative, a signal alternative, and a no-build alternative.
- Selection of an alternative by end of 2019, with construction anticipated in 2022
The Tahoe City Downtown Access Improvements Project is funded in part by the TOT-TBID Dollars at Work program. This program reinvests funds generated in North Lake Tahoe to support community vitality, environmental stewardship, and economic health. A healthy economy is vital for the sustenance of any community, and North Lake Tahoe is no exception. This project is designed to bolster the economic health of the region. By supporting local businesses and ensuring the environment is cared for, the project lays the foundation for a robust and resilient economy. Learn more at www.northtahoecommunityalliance.com
What is a Road Diet?
What is a “Complete Street”?
The most recent public meeting was held on March 21, 2023, to give a status update on the project. Please click here for a video of the meeting.