More federal funding for Tahoe highway approved |

More federal funding for Tahoe highway approved

Tribune staff report

Douglas County commissioners have approved an agreement leveraging $12.5 million in federal funding for a plan to make major improvements to a well-traveled Lake Tahoe highway.

The Federal Lands Access Program agreement is the same Washoe County commissioners recently approved, which provides nearly half the money needed for the entire $24 million project.

For the project, the Federal Lands Access Program funds will be aimed toward the design and construction of improvements along State Route 28 on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore.

They will be used for safety enhancements, additional transportation options and creating a better visitor experience from Incline Village to Highway 50 while helping the economy and improving water quality.

Washoe County Commissioner Marsha Berkbigler has recently called the endeavor the “single most significant project on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe in decades.”

The project originally developed from numerous safety and environmental concerns about a lack of proper transportation facilities in the region, which led to the Tahoe Transportation District taking the lead in a 12-agency effort and the development of a management plan.

With most, or all, of the funding now accounted for, construction is expected to begin in summer 2015. It will start with work on the first mile of a three-mile off-highway bike path from Lakeshore Drive to Sand Harbor.

Douglas County commissioners approved the agreement at a board meeting Thursday.

In other business related to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Douglas County again approved an outdoor festival permit for Harveys Lake Tahoe, this time for 18 summer concerts.

According to a staff report, the concerts are scheduled on various dates from June 20 through September 5, 2015.

This year’s Summer Concert Series at Harveys Lake Tahoe included performances by Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Zac Brown Band and Sheryl Crow.

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