California awards Lake Tahoe region $9 million grant for recpath projects
$9 Million grant by the numbers
$1.928 million for South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail
$2.145 million for South Lake Tahoe Al Tahoe Boulevard project
$4.9 million Tahoe City Community Revitalization Project
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Shore will take a big step toward continued development of its paved bike trail network thanks to a major grant approval for the Lake Tahoe Basin. The California Transportation Commission announced that it will award nearly $9 million in Active Transportation Program grant money to aid with three bicycle and pedestrian-friendly road and trail projects in South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City.
“We’re thrilled to be receiving this grant,” city manager Nancy Kerry said. “South Lake Tahoe has been known for our outdoor recreation. We’re fast being known as a biking destination as well.”
The three projects involved in the grant include work to connect South Shore neighborhoods around Lake Tahoe Community College, paved paths near South Tahoe Middle School and improved bicycle and pedestrian connections as part of the State Route 89/Fanny Bridge realignment in Tahoe City — a portion of its Community Revitalization Project.
“It’s really important for South Lake Tahoe and the basin as a whole,” said Chris Mertens, associate environmental planner for the California Tahoe Conservancy. “The grants that were awarded this week will really help advance the Lake Tahoe bike network.”
Mertens was one of the grant writers for the portion of funding dedicated to the South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail — a project to create 3.86 miles of paved Class I bike trail between Van Sickle Bi-State Park in Stateline and Sierra Boulevard in the heart of South Lake Tahoe.
The current portion of the grant applies to a 1.8-mile trail connector between the Sierra Tract and Bijou neighborhoods on either side of the Lake Tahoe Community College. It will connect both neighborhoods and LTCC. Mertens said this portion is expected to be finished in 2019. Of the $9 million in grant money, $1.928 million is budgeted for that project with an approximately $2 million in additional matching funds to come from joint contributions by LTCC, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the City of South Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Transportation District.
“That’s a big deal because there’s a lot of community attractions in that area,” Mertens said of the project.
In addition to the Greenway project, $2.145 million of the transportation grant will go to the City of South Lake Tahoe’s Al Tahoe Boulevard Safety and Mobility Enhancement Project. That effort will upgrade road crossing and add new Class I and Class II bike paths to improve bicycle and pedestrian access near South Tahoe Middle School. The project will extend from the intersection of Al Tahoe and Johnson boulevards to Highway 50.
The Tahoe Transportation District will receive the remaining $4.9 million from the state grant for improved bicycle and pedestrian access in Tahoe City in association with the Highway 89 project. That will also include a Tahoe City bike path network extension between Sugar Point State Park and Meeks Bay.