Forest Service seeking feedback on Hwy 28 corridor improvements

Contact(s): Public Affairs, Lisa Herron 530-543-2815


Project includes next phase of the East Shore bike path

[Image]: United States Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., July 12, 2019 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is seeking comments on a joint environmental assessment (EA) for proposed improvements to the Highway 28 corridor on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. The EA analyzes a proposal to improve highway safety, infrastructure, summer recreational access and scenic quality for the State Route-28 Scenic Byway Corridor from Sand Harbor to Spooner Junction.

“We’re excited to release this draft plan, which continues our commitment to connect the pathways around Lake Tahoe,” said LTBMU Forest Supervisor, Jeff Marsolais.

Improvements would include construction of approximately eight miles of shared-use path with associated facilities; highway improvements including pullouts, signs, safety features and erosion control measures; expansion of existing parking areas and construction of new parking facilities; relocation of utilities including the effluent pipeline, communications and electrical lines; construction of an aquatic invasive species inspection station; installation of storm water mitigation features; and elimination of highway shoulder parking.

The EA was prepared to determine whether the effects of the proposal are significant enough to prepare an environmental impact statement. The LTBMU is the lead agency for this analysis, which fulfills agency policy and direction to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. In addition, the EA complies with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Code of Ordinances and Rules of Procedure.

Other agencies involved in guiding project design and preparation of the EA include Carson City, Douglas County, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of State Lands and State Parks, Tahoe Transportation District,

TRPA and Washoe County. The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California has also been involved through sponsorship of the Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway planning process.

The EA and letter with instructions on how to comment are available at https://go.usa.gov/xmgxT. Following publication of the legal notice in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, the 30-day comment period is July 12 – August 11, 2019. For more information on the project, contact Forest Engineer, Mike Gabor at 530-543-2642.

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Map of Highway 28 corridor project.

 

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