One-way streets no longer an option for Al Tahoe
October 31, 2008
After hearing residents’ concerns, the city of South Lake Tahoe is holding off on an erosion-control project in the Al Tahoe neighborhood until additional input is received.
The Al Tahoe Erosion Control Project is intended to treat stormwater draining from the neighborhood ” including the streets between Lakeview and El Dorado avenues ” before it enters Lake Tahoe.
During a meeting Oct. 17, neighborhood residents expressed concerns about some possibilities for the project, including the potential for two-way streets to be changed to one-way, the narrowing of roads in the neighborhood and decreased parking.
City staff, including City Manager David Jinkens, attended the meeting and has recommended the concerns receive further consideration before the project moves ahead.
“Based on the level of public interest and need to evaluate other options, I do not think the project is ready to proceed to environmental review,” Jinkens wrote in an e-mail to the City Council. “More meetings should be held with residents and property owners to discuss options for project implementation and the costs associated with these options.”
At an Oct. 21 City Council meeting, a presentation on the erosion-control project was quickly and unanimously pushed back by the council after recommendations by John Greenhut, the city’s public works director.
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“The Public Works Department is not recommending that we include one-way streets as a possible alternative,” Greenhut said. “At this juncture, we’re also recommending that the project be placed on hold until we can have some additional discussions with the residents out there and develop some additional alternatives.”
Planning of the project has been funded for $1.5 million through the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. The act provides money for environmental projects throughout Nevada and around Tahoe from the sale of federal land near Las Vegas.
While the U.S. Forest Service is the act’s legally required federal sponsor for the erosion-control project, design of the proposal remains up to the city, said Forest Service spokeswoman Cheva Heck.
Concerns from the community will be taken into consideration during development of the project’s design, which has yet to be finalized, according to a report from Assistant Engineer Cynthia Gillis.
“In the end, the type of project designed should be one that most people in the neighborhood agree is a good one, does the job, supports neighborhood values and does not detract from the quality of the living environment,” the report states.