Utility given more time to build road
Dirt off Al Tahoe Boulevard is getting scooped in a hurry as South Tahoe Public Utility District builds a road that needs to be finished by early next month.
The district received an extension that allows it to move dirt until Nov. 8, more than three weeks after dirt moving was banned at the Lake Tahoe Basin. The ban aims to prevent storms from washing loose dirt into Lake Tahoe and decreasing its clarity.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency issued the extension because the project involves public safety and water quality, said Katie Guthrie, associate environmental specialist at the agency.
The road is about 1,200 feet south of the entrance to Lake Tahoe Community College. It will allow district trucks to stop relying on Sierra Boulevard, in a bustling residential neighborhood, for access to the plant, according to Dennis Cocking, district spokesman.
The road will also lead to a 156-space parking lot expected to be completed by next fall. It will serve ball fields financed by Measure S, a bond initiative which raised money for recreation in the city.
The entrance to the parking lot will be about 600 feet from Al Tahoe, while a gated entrance, to be used only by district employees, will be about 900 feet from Al Tahoe, said Lisa O’ Daly, associate planner for South Lake Tahoe.
In all, the road will stretch through the woods for about a mile from Al Tahoe to the district plant. It will be paved and equipped with a curb-and-gutter drainage system.
But rain or snow could halt construction of the road despite the extension granted by the TRPA.
“It would be the end of that,” Cocking said. “But at this point, they’re going like crazy to get it done by Nov. 8.”
El Dorado County staff is leading the project to create the ball fields, though the fields will be owned and operated by the city.
A full-size soccer field with lights, a baseball diamond, two practice fields, a restroom and the parking lot will cost about $1.1 million to build, said Gary Hyden, manager of the El Dorado County Department of Parks and Grounds.
Work on the fields will likely start May 1 and take four months to complete.
— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or at email@example.com
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