Plans Proceed for Scenic Tahoe Bikeway

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada backers of a plan to ring Lake
Tahoe with a scenic bikeway are $6 million closer to completing the
$82 million trail.

Supporters hope the ambitious 116-mile Nevada
Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway Project will connect communities,
enhance recreational opportunities and promote the iconic
attraction bordering California and Nevada.

Proponents have been collecting money to build the trail for
years from California and Nevada governments, as well as the
federal government. It's unclear how far away they are from
reaching their goal. Earlier this year, 68 miles of the trail were
open.

To help extend the trail through northern Nevada, the Carson
City Board of Supervisors approved allocating about $2 million to
Douglas County and $1.6 million to Washoe County from
voter-approved state Question 1 funds, the Nevada Appeal reported Wednesday.

The legislation for the bond granted $5 million to Carson City,
Washoe and Douglas counties with the understanding that the money
would not build Nevada's side of the bikeway but could help provide
matching funds to jump start the project.

But despite forward motion, the project still faces a number of
obstacles, one of which is getting around Cave Rock. Another is the
narrow roadway of Highway 28 in the Carson City portion of the
project.

From Spooner Lake to Incline Village along Highway 28 is "where
we have uncontrolled parking and pressing safety issues," said
Carl Hasty, district manager of the Tahoe Transportation District.
"We need to address those issues first, and Carson City is
participating. There could possibly be a shuttle service by next
summer."

The area in question has little to no parking, forcing summer
beach-goers to park on narrow edges of the roadway or walk long
distances to their destinations.

"We don't want to exacerbate that problem," Hasty said.

Supervisor Shelly Aldean said obtaining easements will be
difficult.

"Property owners are not interested right now," she said.

Because of that, the bikeway likely will need to be aligned
closer to the highway.

The project on the Nevada side is divided into four primary
sections, eventually running from the casino core at Stateline to
Crystal Bay on Tahoe's north shore.

"We're looking for the portion from the casino core to Round
Hill Pines to be under construction by the spring of 2012," Mullen
said.

The Incline Village to Sand Harbor section could move ahead in
2013.


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