Linear park momentarily curbed |

Linear park momentarily curbed

Sarah Gonser

Linear Park, the sidewalk project along U.S. Highway 50 between Ski Run Marina and the Stateline Shell station, is two weeks behind plan.

Originally scheduled for completion by the Fourth of July weekend, several unforeseen complications have slowed the work, said Jaye Von Klug, city redevelopment manager.

“They ended up having to do much more cut-and-fill work than expected,” Von Klug said. “They also had to move a big electrical vault – we didn’t realize the underground vault was there and had to move it out of the way before we could start any of the paving.”

She said the path was temporarily packed down so people could walk through the area during the Fourth and as things stand, the project should be complete by the end of July.

“The work change order cost more money, but we’re still within the California Tahoe Conservancy grant for the project,” she said.

Pathway lighting is already partially installed, the orange cones now lining the project cover the electrical conduits for each lamp. The tall fence enclosing the private Tahoe Meadows properties, part of which was erected last year, is nearly complete with a new emergency gate near Ski Run Marina and a master gate still to be installed at the main entrance.

The final step, landscaping, is expected to begin soon.

“It will be natural, no sod edges,” Von Klug said. “It will be aspens and lodgepoles, wild roses for shrubs and natural grasses for cover. The point is to blend with the meadows, instead of contrast.”

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