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Harrison Avenue project could begin next spring

Adam Jensen
Dylan Silver / Tahoe Daily TribuneA man walks past the intersection of Harrison and San Francisco avenues Thursday afternoon. Improvements in the area could begin as early as next spring if all goes according to plan.

If all goes according to plan, construction of improvements along Harrison Avenue could begin as soon as May 2013.

The long discussed and planned, but never built, Harrison Avenue project is designed to improve the visual quality of the area and better coordinate vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists in the sometimes hectic corridor.

Under the current design, Tallac and Modesto avenues would remain two-way streets, while San Francisco, Alameda and San Jose avenues would be turned into one-way streets east of Riverside Avenue. Riverside and Harrison avenues would both be turned into one-way streets between Modesto and San Jose avenues.

A bike path is proposed to run along Riverside Avenue, behind Harrison avenue businesses. Area-wide water-quality improvements, landscaping and additional parking are also included in the latest design, which is 50 percent complete. The water-quality improvements should solve drainage issues in the area, said Hilary Roverud, development services director for the city.

Since 1995, four different consultants have designed plans for the project, according to a city staff report.

“All of the efforts, to date, have stalled, either due to a lack of consensus among stakeholders or a lack of funding for the project,” according to the report.

How much this iteration of the project will cost to construct is unknown.

The City Council has earmarked $750,000 for the project this year, and may provide an additional $750,000 next year. Discussions between the city and property owners are also underway to see if private funding may also be available for the project, Roverud said.

About two dozen people attended a Thursday workshop at the South Lake Tahoe Planning Commission meeting to provide input on the project. A presentation to the City Council is planned for May 1, with subsequent meetings expected with property owners.

Without any delays, contractors could bid on the project as soon as October with the city awarding a contract in January.

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