Tahoe traffic loop proposal sees public feedback
STATELINE — Residents and businesspeople have identified their three most important objectives for a project that would reroute Highway 50 behind Heavenly Village and the South Shore casinos, according to the Tahoe Transportation District.
Of the respondents who weighed in on the project, 82 percent believed the most important goal is to beautify the corridor and create gathering spaces for locals and visitors, while 67 percent said it is efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve mobility and 60 percent specified the need to support vitality and revitalization/economic development.
The public recently received an update on the so-called loop road proposal, or U.S. Highway 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project, which is a long-planned concept to realign Highway 50 near the California-Nevada state line.
Under the existing proposal, the highway would reroute with four lanes along what is currently Lake Parkway behind Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, Mont Bleu Resort Casino & Spa, Heavenly Village and the Village Shopping Center.
It would also be reduced to three lanes through the heart of the casino corridor, connecting the thoroughfares at Pioneer Trail in California.
The plan has received a mix of strong criticism and support in the past.
Tahoe Transportation District, which recently hosted an update on the project, released the new feedback on the project Monday. Economic developments, safety, landscaping and pedestrian and bicycle-friendly features were desired components, according to TTD.
“Public response and participation is exactly what we’re looking for,” TTD District Manager Carl Hasty said. “Having the community’s involvement and suggestion for the project is crucial to both the overall planning for the environmental documents, the next step in the press.”
The Environmental Impact Review will be released in spring, which will circulate for public review and comment before a preferred alternative for the project is selected.
To comment on the proposal now, however, anyone interested can go to a recently launched website for the project: http://www.connectsouthshore.com. Responses will be accepted through Jan. 31.