El Dorado County supervisor hosting town hall on traffic problems at Lake Tahoe
El Dorado County Supervisor Sue Novasel will host a town hall to discuss weekend traffic issues in the Tahoe Basin on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
The meeting, scheduled for 6-8 p.m., will focus on the considerably large volumes of traffic leaving the basin on weekends and the potential safety issues stemming from the congestion.
It’s not unusual to have bumper-to-bumper traffic stretching from Echo Summit down through Meyers on Sundays. Presidents Day was particularly bad, with outbound traffic running from Sierra-at-Tahoe down to the Y for hours.
The problems are not new — traffic issues have been an ongoing issue for residents, especially those in the Meyers area. Partially in response to those concerns, Novasel pushed a traction control ordinance that was ultimately approved by the board of supervisors this past summer.
Novasel, who is running for re-election this year, hosted a similar meeting in February 2017. Many attendees at that meeting voiced frustration with GPS apps redirecting drivers onto residential roads to avoid traffic, resulting in car-clogged neighborhoods.
Attendees will have the opportunity to comment at Wednesday’s meeting, which is scheduled to take place at Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School, at 1095 E. San Bernardino Ave. in Meyers.
Novasel will be on hand along with representatives from other county offices, including the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.