Frequently Asked Questions

Purpose and Alternative Selection

  1. Why is the project needed?

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 State SR (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.

  1. When will a decision between the two alternatives be made? What does the County consider when selecting the preferred alternative?
  1. Why is the roundabout the preferred option for this intersection?
  1. Are there environmentally sensitive areas within the project limits?
  1. Why is the County proposing to reduce SR 28 to one lane in each direction?
  1. Were air quality and emissions assessed under this environmental document?
  1. How does the County reach out to the public to advertise project meetings?
  1. Who is paying for this project? Where does the money come from?
  1. When will the project go into construction?


  1. Has the traffic analysis accounted for the large amount of pedestrians and vehicles in Kings Beach during the summertime? Will the roundabout provide a pedestrian beacon to meter pedestrians?

Yes. The traffic analysis was done for off-peak season (winter) and the peak season (summer). The traffic volumes used in the analysis are average volumes experienced in the summer peak season. We did not analyze holidays or peak events. Summer and Winter pedestrian counts were taken and they are included in the traffic analysis. The pedestrian counts showed in the peak hour, there are approximately 36 pedestrians crossing the north leg of the intersection (SR 267/SR 28 and Brassie Ave/SR 28) and 14 pedestrians crossing the west leg of the intersection (SR 28). There are 40 pedestrians walking past the intersection along the southern side of SR 28, however, this movement does not disrupt traffic. The analysis shows that traffic will still operate acceptably with the volume of cars and pedestrians. The pedestrian volumes at this intersection are anticipated to be significantly lower than the pedestrian volumes in the Commercial Core based on pedestrian traffic counts Caltrans conducted in July of 2019.  Those counts showed that there are on average 5 times more pedestrians crossing SR 28 in the commercial core than at the project location. 

The current design includes rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at the western crossing from Safeway to North Tahoe Beach. The RRFBs are push button activated (meaning a pedestrian has to push the button and wait for the lights to flash. The RRFBs do not stop pedestrians from crossing. At the roundabout, the eastern and western multi-lane crosswalks will include pedestrian signals. Other pedestrian signals that control pedestrian traffic at the other crosswalks were considered and may be installed in the future, if determined needed and approved by Caltrans.

  1. Has the County considered putting in flashing lights at the existing crosswalks to make pedestrians more visible to approaching traffic?
  1. Why are there so many crosswalks in the roundabout? Can the design team eliminate the crosswalk on the east leg? Why are the crosswalks so close to the roundabout?
  1. What are the limits of the proposed sidewalk along SR 267?
  1. Is the project team going to coordinate with Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) for input on the project?
  1. Can the County retrofit the existing roundabouts with beacons and pedestrian timers?

Roundabout Alternative

  1. What signage will be provided at the intersection?

Intersection signing must be compliant with the guidelines and standards set forth by the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Typical signs that will be installed are roundabout ahead signs, yield signs, pedestrian crossing signs at the crosswalks, guide signs (roadway names) and the one-way signs in the central island. One overhead sign has been evaluated in the environmental document. During the design phase of the project the County will work with Caltrans and the design team to use a combination of roadside signs in place of the overhead signs.  

  1. How will the roundabout affect emergency response times throughout Kings Beach?
  1. How will the proposed roundabout handle emergency vehicle traffic? How will traffic be handled in the event of an evacuation?
  1. What lighting will be provided at the intersection?
  1. Why doesn’t the roundabout provide a bypass lane for WB SR 28 traffic turning right onto SR 267? That way traffic will not have to yield at the roundabout.
  1. Why does the project only propose one lane on SR 267 and one lane through the roundabout? Has traffic analysis been done on SR 267?
  1. What type of curbs will be used in the roundabout? The curbs at the existing roundabouts seem to get hit a lot.
  1. Are roundabouts safe in particularly snowy and harsh climates, similar to Kings Beach?
  1. What will the landscaping for the roundabout look like?