Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project Gears up for Last Phase

Published on January 26, 2016

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved the Department of Public Works and Facilities to award the last contract for the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project.

The project is transforming a 1.1 mile stretch of state Route 28 that runs through scenic North Lake Tahoe with roadway, sidewalk, lighting, landscaping and water quality improvements designed to create a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly commercial center in the heart of Kings Beach.

The contract, expected to be awarded by the spring, calls for construction on the second of the project’s two phases to begin this spring. This last big project includes extending sidewalks and water quality improvements on both ends of state Route  28 in Kings Beach as well as the construction of a public parking lot along Rainbow Avenue. Phase 1 (approximately 95 percent complete) and phase 2 are estimated to be complete in October of this year.

“The second phase of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project will bring highly anticipated mobility improvements that will better serve, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles and private vehicles,” said District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. “The additional curbs, gutters, parking and sidewalks are improvements that will make the Kings Beach community a better place for its residents and its visitors."

Named the 2015 Project of the Year by the Sacramento chapter of the American Public Works Association, KBCCIP provides multiple benefits to both Kings Beach and Lake Tahoe. As part of the project, water-quality improvements have been installed to catch sediment-laden runoff and treat it, helping preserve the lake’s clarity.

With the installation of sidewalks and bicycle lanes, the community is much more pedestrian and bike friendly. Numerous amenities are also being installed that improve the aesthetics of the community. They include 8,000 feet of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, streetscape improvements, trash receptacles, a 400 feet of stone seat walls, benches, landscaping and decorative lights.

Keeping the world-class shores of Kings Beach and nearby merchants and restaurants accessible to the community and visitors alike is central to KBCCIP. By the end of the project, Kings Beach will be home to six new public parking lots and two bus shelters. Both shelters are equipped with LED lighting and the NextBus system, allowing transit users to accurately track when their bus will arrive at the shelter.

Downloadable images of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project are available online.