Roadside parking blocked near East Shore beaches |

Roadside parking blocked near East Shore beaches

Emily Aughinbaugh

Parking to access the East Shore beaches will be more difficult this summer.

The Nevada Division of Transportation is scheduled to install wooden posts along State Route 28 beginning May 1 to continue vegetation protection of the scenic route.

The $5 million erosion control project will eliminate 143 roadside parking spaces between Secret and Skunk harbors.

“Technically speaking there shouldn’t be parking there anyway where (NDOT) is looking to block it off,” said Steve Teshara, member of the Tahoe Transportation District.

Parking in these restricted areas is why the League to Save Lake Tahoe won’t support a proposed expansion of the two U.S. Forest Service parking lots along State Route 28 until roadside parking is eliminated.

“At the League’s insistence NDOT is putting in those posts on the East Shore,” said Heidi Hill Drum, spokeswoman for the League. “They have done erosion control projects in the past and have had trouble with those projects due to people parking on highway 28.

They weren’t technically spaces to begin with. So it sort of depends on what side of the story you’re on, whether you think it’s eliminating 143 spaces or protecting Lake Tahoe’s environment, which is what side we’re on. “

Transportation district officials are struggling with the possibility an East Shore Access Plan won’t be finalized this year. Without the plan, there will be no additional parking and no transit options to access the beaches.

“We’re trying to explore options for a transit operating system,” said Richard Wiggins, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency transportation division chief. “We’re struggling to find money to operate transit.”

Wiggins said a stakeholder meeting will be held April 27 at the TRPA to explore transit options.

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