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October 17, 2012
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Beach Boys' Mike Love helps christen Incline roundabout

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - In a symbolic gesture to Lake Tahoe's first roundabout, Beach Boy Mike Love and local dignitaries celebrated how locals and visitors can "Get Around" the North Tahoe intersection of Mount Rose Highway and Highway 28 at a Wednesday morning dedication."For these past 50 years you could say that I 'Get Around,' laughed Love, lead singer and co-owner of the Beach Boys. "With the music I created along with the other Beach Boys, it has taken me all over the world. If you ask me it's pretty cool that thanks to the efforts of a whole lot of good people I get a Roundabout - it's beautiful."Love, as a long-time Incline Village resident and environmental proponent, along with transportation agency officials, dignitaries and approximately 200 invited guests commemorated the roundabout. The $2.4 million public/private partnership was designed to promote safety, protect Lake Tahoe's famed water clarity and air quality, and to celebrate local public art. The dedication also highlighted the early completion - by four years - of a major erosion control project between Incline Village and Crystal Bay."In addition to providing a transportation and safety solution for the area, the roundabout will provide a sense of arrival," said Carl Hasty, director of the Tahoe Transportation District. "Roundabouts are safer than other intersections and are estimated to reduce injuries in car accidents by 76 percent.""The environmental benefits to the project are great," said Rudy Malfabon, director of the Nevada Department of Transportation. "The Incline Roundabout will reduce erosion and runoff into Lake Tahoe."Three construction projects were completed near the vicinity of highways 28 and 431 from May to September 2012: erosion control on Highway 431 for $5.3 million; erosion control on Highway 28 for $5.6 million; and the roundabout. All three were completed by Q&D Construction under contracts with NDOT.The Incline Roundabout is one of Northern Nevada's largest and more artistic traffic icons, spreading 80 feet in diameter and wrapped with life-sized bronze animals designed and created by renowned bronze sculptor June Towill Brown.Local residents have donated more than $100,000 to support the artwork's materials, maintenance and insurance. Donations are still being accepted through the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation: www.parasoltahoe.org, 775-298-0100."I am honored to be involved with an elegant gateway that will be a new treasure to enjoy at Lake Tahoe for generations to come," said Brown.The Public Art Project was an unexpected addition to the roundabout's initial plans, said Incline Gateway committee member Don Kanare."Our community knew that the gateway's significant location deserved something special," he said. "We hosted public meetings that determined the indigenous animals theme."Project partners include NDOT, Q&D Construction, Tahoe Transportation District, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Incline Gateway Committee, Incline Village General Improvement District, Washoe County, Brown, Incline Village Roundabout Public Art Project Fund and the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.For more information on the Roundabout, visit or call 775-589-5500.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 17, 2012 07:51PM Published Oct 17, 2012 07:48PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.