Letter: ‘We have come too far to go back to square one’ regarding Loop Road
My family have been property owners in South Lake Tahoe since the late 1950s. In 1958, my grandfather built the cabin, which is now my second home on Chonokis Road. For me the US 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project is more than just rerouting a road, it is personal.
I’ve attended the Tahoe Transportation District workshops. I served on the community review committee and participated at every step in this very public and inclusive process. I believe in this project. I believe in the benefits it will bring not only to businesses and visitors, but to the property owners and residents of my neighborhood.
Montreal and Chonokis roads were connected in the late 1960s or early 70s (from what I heard from a source), and it has been a nightmare for our neighborhood ever since. People quickly started using it as a cut-through route, and the safety and privacy of our residential streets was destroyed.
The benefits are numerous, but the most important to me is improved safety. On high-traffic weekends residents of Chonokis find it hard to even get out of their own driveways as locals and visitors use our street as a de facto highway in an attempt to avoid the gridlock on U.S. Highway 50.
The preferred triangle alternative eliminates all of the residential streets as a cut-through for traffic. This project will give us back our neighborhood, and it is a great neighborhood. We are within walking distance to shops, restaurants and retail. These are amenities that this project will only improve and expand upon. It will also increase investment in the surrounding areas bordering the project. I’ve already seen remodels and new construction spring up around me.
We have come too far to go back to square one. We are on the right path and we need to follow it through. We pay our taxes and we have the right to go up and enjoy our properties. We shouldn’t have to put up with an unofficial freeway in front of our house.
Chonokis Road property owner
South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
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