Letter: Loop Road, the next step to making Tahoe great
South Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions.
Around 4.3 million visitors annually, main events and holidays cause the population to skyrocket. Nonstop tourism necessitates a downtown area.
The Loop Road will provide this, as well as long-term social and environmental benefits.
Loop Road implementation concerns include construction disruption and housing relocation via rebuilding. These claims are not ultimately problematic. The construction “will take away businesses and homes that will not be replaced for years” and “other areas need the attention,” but this Loop Road will be beneficial to Lake Tahoe for years (tahoetransportation.org). At the end of the day, Loop Road will provide endless benefits to our great town of South Lake Tahoe.
Socially and environmentally, improved air and water quality, and improved transportation desired by residents and tourists will result.
Traffic has caused disgruntled local residents and tourists. The current emissions and congestion are decreasing environmental quality. Fuel emissions from idling cars and pollution runoff cause harm to the city’s air and water quality. Lake Tahoe’s “environmental health” problem is the runoff, such as “sediments” from roads; “when it rains or snow melts, the fine sediments wash into the lake” (nevadaappeal.com). Scientists researched the lake clarity and found a “fine sediment” as “the No. 1 contributor to clarity loss,” and the main source of “fine sediment pollution comes from roads, parking lots, and buildings” (nevadaappeal.com). Loop Road implementation will improve this problem. Socially, the Loop Road will make the casino corridor accommodating and give Lake Tahoe a “vibrant, pedestrian-friendly downtown” area, which will give a more welcoming feel to the tourists and locals (tahoedailytribune.com).
This realignment will remove a four-lane highway from the heart of South Lake Tahoe, making our community closer, safer and enhance the environment.
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.