State grant will finance most of bike trail replacement project

Published: Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012 - 9:36 am

The city of South Lake Tahoe has been awarded a grant to replace a section of a bike path that serves as a key link between various neighborhoods and the city's business district.

The $475,452 grant was awarded by the California Department of Transportation through the Bicycle Transportation Account. The city has identified through annual inspection several Class 1 bike paths that have exceeded their usable life span and need to be completely reconstructed, according to a city news release.

The rehabilitation project calls for replacement of 1.97 miles of Class 1 bike trail and will include the structural section, paving, striping and signage.

The reconstruction work is planned in areas parallel to Highway 50 on the west side from Los Angeles Avenue to Motel 6 and the Upper Truckee River, including bridges. It also will include a segment on the east side of Highway 50 from Helen Avenue to the South "Y," including the areas of Harrison Avenue from Los Angeles Avenue to Tulare Avenue, Rubicon Trail to Tulare, Eloise Avenue to Ponderosa Street, Silver Dollar Avenue to Rubicon, and Helen Avenue to South Avenue and Linear Park.

Estimated total cost of the project is $620,452. In addition to the grant from the state Bike Transportation Account, the city will provide in-kind engineering services in the amount of $45,000.

The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority has pledged a contribution of $100,000 through Measure R, an initiative approved by local voters last year to fund Class 1 bike trail and ball field improvements.

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