City to study traffic on Harrison Avenue
A proposed project to revamp Harrison Avenue has been delayed as the city will study the traffic flow patterns on the busy commercial street in South Lake Tahoe.
City Manager Dave Jinkens recently sent property owners a letter declaring the local government’s intent.
“We are concerned that the drawing presented is unworkable for vehicle traffic and bicycle traffic,” Jinkens wrote.
The concept, which has floated around for at least seven years and has no estimated cost, would include landscaping, a stormwater system, sidewalks and a bike lane.
In addition, two parking lots may flank both ends of the street that runs parallel to Highway 50.
The first phase of the Highway 50 curb-and-gutter project would run alongside the project. It has been delayed until agencies figure how to gather at least $45 million for the job.
About $12 million has been bankrolled.
“We need a comprehensive solution,” he said.
At one point, Harrison Avenue property owners discussed pooling their resources for installation of best management practices.
These are landscaping measures mandated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency intended to trap stormwater runoff. They’re estimated to cost at least $1 million for this street alone.
There’s distant talk of drawing a map for a new redevelopment zone starting at the “Y” that Harrison Avenue could be lumped into.
For now, the parking lot at El Dorado Beach will be constructed this summer to accommodate visitors to the popular recreational site.
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