Measure S yeilds bike trails |

Measure S yeilds bike trails

The wheels are rolling on the first bike trails to be built as a result of Measure S.

The California Tahoe Conservancy is granting the city of South Lake Tahoe $203,000 for planning and design of a 1/2 mile bike trail on Harrison Avenue that will link the El Dorado Beach Bike Trail to the Los Angeles Avenue Bike Trail; and a 1.1 mile bike trail on Ski Run Boulevard that will link with the Linear Park Trail and trails on Pioneer Trail.

Measure S provides for maintenance money, which is required to receive the grants.

Bob Kingman, program analyst for the Conservancy, said he hopes the bike trails can be built and completed in the 2002 building season.

But agreements between the city and business owners on Harrison Avenue still need to be finalized and environmental documents prepared for both projects, Kingman said.

The Conservancy allotted up to $2 million for the completion of both projects, but costs will not be known until the planning process is complete and building estimates can be made.

If funds the Conservancy allocated are not sufficient, the city will seek outside grant sources to make up the difference, said City Planner Gary Marchio. But it is too early to tell if that will be necessary.

“Based upon what I know today, I think there is enough money,” he said.

As far as resolving a design with Harrison Avenue business owners, the city and the Conservancy are hoping to close in on an agreeable design with business owners shortly, which will be necessary for planning and construction of the Harrison Avenue bike trail.

“We have made a tremendous amount of progress on coming up with what the project will look like,” Kingman said. “We hope to get everything figured out with a mutually agreeable design.”

Several factors will contribute to a resolution for Harrison Avenue.

The city, with a $900,000 grant from the Conservancy will apply to the California Department of Boating and Waterways in an attempt to purchase the Timberlake Inn, 933 San Jose Avenue. The city would use the property for additional parking at the El Dorado County Boat ramp, alleviating summer parking for Harrison Avenue business owners. But as of now the city has not made an offer to the owner of the Timberlake, who is considering selling the property to a condominium developer. There is also potential for an additional parking lot between the Tahoe Daily Tribune and the Snow Flake Drive In, Kingman said.

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