Project that could narrow Lake Tahoe Boulevard to be discussed this week
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A controversial project that could see the narrowing of Lake Tahoe Boulevard west of the “Y” will be back in the public eye this week.
El Dorado County Department of Transportation officials will hold a public meeting Friday to discuss the Lake Tahoe Boulevard Enhancement Project, which drew criticism from some county residents during a 2008 public meeting.
A report released last month details five alternatives for the project. Each of the alternatives will improve the bike trail network in the area in some fashion, but varies in environmental benefits and cost.
Construction costs range from about $880,000 to $1.66 million, depending on the alternative selected.
Four of the five alternatives include narrowing Lake Tahoe Boulevard from four lanes to two lanes along at least some section of the road between Tahoe Mountain Road and 400 feet southwest of Industrial Avenue.
The stated goals of the project include reducing erosion, restoring stream areas, improving bicycle and pedestrian access, addressing safety concerns and reducing flooding problems.
During the October 2008 meeting, several county residents said they were concerned that reducing the number of lanes would make the road more dangerous during icy conditions and make it harder for emergency vehicles to reach neighborhoods.
Others at the meeting said the current condition of the street is dangerous for bicyclists. Several bicyclists said they avoid riding on the stretch of road for fear of being hit.
Which alternative the county will move forward with will not be decided until after the meeting, Troy Alexander, assistant in civil engineering, wrote in an email this week. How long a decision will take isn’t known, but it will probably be a “couple weeks,” Alexander wrote.
For more information or to view the report, visit http://www.edcgov.us/dot/. The report is listed under the “Information and Resources” heading.
To comment on the project, contact Brendan Ferry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-573-7900.