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Upcoming workshop in South Lake Tahoe to discuss Loop Road

The upcoming public workshop on the Loop Road Project is focused on design elements pertaining to transit, walking/biking, affordable housing and parking.

On Thursday, Oct. 5, Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) is hosting a public workshop to gather input on design elements of the U.S. 50/South Shore Community Revitalization Project, also known as the Loop Road Project.

The project seeks to realign U.S. 50 behind the casino corridor to streamline traffic flow and create a more walkable, beautified downtown area. Depending on which of the five project alternatives is selected, anywhere between 68 to 76 residences would be torn down. TTD has pledged a no net-loss of housing, promising to build replacement units and provide relocation assistance.

As TTD responds to public comments on the draft environmental document released in April, the agency is looking for feedback on the topics of pedestrian and bicycle access, parking, transit and affordable housing.

"This is different from our other workshops. This is not 'come learn about the project.' What we are intending here and what we really want to try to attract is the residents within the project area and the businesses. We want to start talking about design," said Carl Hasty, TTD district manager.

Participants will have the opportunity to provide input at different workstations for each of the topics.

"We'll have maps — so a lot of visuals — and questionnaires, which we will have in different languages because we know there will be some Spanish and Philippine [speakers] there," explained Hasty.

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"It's open to the entire public, but we especially want to reach out to those that are most affected by the project because they are the ones that are living there and working there."

The workshop goes from 5 – 7 p.m. and takes place at the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel located at 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.