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County money will go toward bike paths

B.H. Bose

El Dorado County will receive more than $500,000 from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for bike path and transit projects.

The TRPA approved the release of $536,232 as part of El Dorado County’s Five-Year Air Quality Mitigation Fund Project List. The list includes $714,682 slated for bike path construction and $86,000 for bike path maintenance during the next five years. There was a balance of $711,182 in the AQMF account on March 1, 1998.

“The TRPA collects money when a commercial or residential property is developed. A part of the fee goes for air quality mitigation and put into an account for the project,” said Janel Gifford, senior civil engineer with the El Dorado County Transportation Department. “We had an accumulation in our account, so we asked if we can take some of it back.”

The recent allocation from the TRPA will be used specifically on two bike projects and one transit project. As part of the Pioneer Trail III Erosion Control Project, some of the recent funds will be used to start the process of adding bike lanes on both sides of Pioneer Trail, from Al Tahoe Boulevard up to Golden Bear Trail. The second project will be the Sawmill Bike Path, which will be a path beginning at Santa Fe in Meyers and then connecting with the Arapahoe bike trail, and beginning again at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course to meet at Sawmill Road.

“These monies will pay for the design portion,” said Gifford. “Other funding will go toward the actual construction.”

Funding will be used for path maintenance and assistance for Bus Plus.

“There will be maintenance money used for sweeping, lining of bike paths, signing and such. Some funding also will go to assist ATM (Area Transit Management) with providing Bus Plus and paratransit service,” Gifford said.

Bus Plus is an “on-demand” service, where customers are picked up at their homes for a fee.

A third bike project is scheduled to start soon. Part of the Angora Erosion Control Project, bike lanes will be constructed on both sides of Lake Tahoe Boulevard from Angora Creek Drive to Clearview Drive.

An additional $256,450 will be needed to finish the designated projects in the years to come, but the transportation department has yet to request it.

“We will probably go back and ask for more money when we run out of this, probably sometime in 1999,” Gifford said, who added that funding also comes via the California Conservancy, which is helping the county with erosion control.

A request of $673,226 from the TRPA for stream environment and erosion control projects was on Wednesday’s agenda, but it was continued until the June governing board meeting.

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