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Wayfinding program gets green light

Sara Thompson

After city and county officials heard an update on the Wayfinding project last week, the plan to bring a unified system of signs to the South Shore will steer toward its final destination.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce launched the Wayfinding program last year with the intent of creating a better signage system on the South Shore. Wayfinding would replace the existing jumble of signs along Highway 50 with a cohesive system, reducing “visual noise,” according to the chamber.

A test sign was installed this month on Al Tahoe Boulevard to gather feedback from the public. Caltrans standards were used, such as height, letter size and font, and the colors brown and green.

The results were presented to the South Lake Tahoe City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on Aug. 19.

The chamber received 13 comments from e-mails, with half the people in support of the project.

Both the county and the city voiced no opposition for the project, so Wayfinding continues to forge ahead.

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The entire project, from start to finish, is budgeted for $130,500.

Although there had been discussion of including neighborhood designations as part of the sign program, that would not comply with Caltrans standards and is not currently part of the plan, according to the chamber.

Now, the chamber will request proposals from sign fabricators to construct the signs. After receiving proposals, the sign locations would be prioritized, and installation is expected to begin by spring.