Council to support Highway 50 project |

Council to support Highway 50 project

Susan Wood

The Highway 50 project is on track for construction starting next year – but it may take more money for maintenance and eminent domain.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council agreed on Tuesday to support Caltrans in the first phase of the project, which would run from Trout Creek to Ski Run Boulevard at a cost of $48 million. The city pledged $1 million to help construct the project due for completion by 2011. A construction schedule is expected soon.

Caltrans project manager Tom Brannon told the council the state transportation agency still must negotiate easements with property owners on Highway 50. If one doesn’t comply, Brannon told Councilman Bill Crawford it would need the city to legally take the property strip.

The Highway 50 project – deemed the highest priority to the city’s goals – includes water quality improvements, sidewalks, a bike lane, landscaping and lighting. To secure money for maintenance, the city may need to form a special district on the latter two amenities. Other options include a general fund expense to the city or requiring property owners pay for improvements, which include snow removal.

In other phases, the Highway 50 project is slated to span along the thoroughfare from Trout Creek to the “Y.”

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