Some bicycle path projects set for summer, others delayed
Some South Lake Tahoe bicycle path projects may be set for this summer, while others will be deferred until next year or beyond, according to Jim Marino from the city’s public works department.
Marino gave an update to the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority bicycle advisory commission on Friday.
The Class I bicycle path rehabilitation project from Trout Creek Bridge to Edgewood Circle will be done in house later in the summer. Marino said the city’s main focus this summer will be the Bijou Bicycle Park.
Doing the work in-house would be cheaper than contracting out for it, Marino said.
Rehabilitation efforts between Lakeview Commons and the Alta Mira shopping center on Lake Tahoe Boulevard may be deferred until next year.
Marino said the California Tahoe Conservancy has several different conceptual designs for the Alta Mira shopping center property it acquired in 2014.
“One of those options modifies the bike path considerably, where it pulls it closer to the lake,” Marino said. “I’m not so sure I want to repave something and then have someone come in next year and change it.”
If the conservancy adopts a more conventional design, Marino said the city could do some minor rehabilitation work this summer.
The El Dorado Beach to Ski Run Boulevard bike route will be held off until 2016 as well.
Marino said the city was having difficulties acquiring the proper easements from private property owners.
Because the project has federal funding attached, the city can’t bid or construct until all easements and rights-of-way have been obtained.
While the acquisition could be done completed this year, Marino said it was pointless to begin the project. Construction timelines would be too compressed, resulting in a high-dollar project.
“Our funding is not in jeopardy, so we’ll just scale back and regroup,” Marino said.
But he is cautiously optimistic about the city’s efforts for bicycle paths.
“Hopefully, if everything works out next summer between the Alta Mira site and the El Dorado Beach-Ski Run bike trail, that connector will be done,” Marino said. “You could go from Stateline to the ‘Y’ without really being on the highway at all.”
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