County clarifies Lake Tahoe Boulevard project options

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – El Dorado County engineers clarified differences between several alternatives of the Lake Tahoe Boulevard Enhancement Project Wednesday morning.

The project is designed to restore the environment while improving bicycle and pedestrian access along Lake Tahoe Boulevard west of the “Y”.

Four of the five options for the project also include reducing Lake Tahoe Boulevard from four lanes to two lanes along at least part of its stretch between Tahoe Mountain Road and 400 feet west of Industrial Avenue.

Alternatives 1 and 4 are similar in their reduction of lanes and addition of bike path options, but Alternative 1 would keep existing pavement intact on Lake Tahoe Boulevard between Tahoe Mountain Road and Sawmill Road, said Donaldo Palaroan, senior civil engineer for El Dorado County. Alternative 4 would remove six feet of pavement from the outside of Lake Tahoe Boulevard along this stretch.

Alternatives 2 and 5 are also similar in their reduction of travel lanes and bike path options. Alternative 5 would remove six feet of pavement from the outside of Lake Tahoe Boulevard between Tahoe Mountain Road and 400 feet southwest of Industrial Avenue, while Alternative 2 would not.

The removal of asphalt would provide additional environmental benefits to the project, Palaroan said.

Each of the alternatives will be presented by Department of Transportation staff at a Friday meeting. The meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Council Chambers at Lake Tahoe Airport.

A possible sixth alternative could also be presented at the meeting, Palaroan said.

A decision on an alternative for the project is not expected Friday.

A full description of alternatives is available at

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