For those of us who live on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore and work at our business office space in Incline Village, NV, we’re all very excited to learn about the progress of what is soon to be of the most beautiful bike paths in America.
Officially, it’s called the “Shared Use Path” or “Tahoe East Shore Trail” as its construction is a collaborative effort of many local agencies – spearheaded by the Nevada Department of Transportation – who used this opportunity to repair, replace, and construct a variety of important projects.
For the naked eye, one would never know about the critical utility components that lie beneath the multi-purpose path that was constructed along and above the East Shore of Lake Tahoe.
To bring you up to speed, we will now share the most recent update as presented by the Nevada Department of Transportation. The story follows:
STATE ROUTE 28 “SHARED USE PATH” UPDATE: DECEMBER 2018
With the setting of three bridge decks this fall, the Tahoe East Shore Trail has taken the last major steps toward completion by early June 2019, weather dependent. Nick Johnson, NDOT Project Manager, noted, “The major elements of the SR 28 Shared-use Path and Safety/Stormwater Enhancements were accomplished this construction season. After the recent progress in bridge deck installation, we are looking forward to opening the Trail for summer 2019.”
Although Granite Construction encountered significant bedrock, not only this season but throughout the project, they were able to maintain the schedule and stay within budget. Cody Cummings, Granite Construction Project Manager, commented, “There were basically three separate projects wrapped into one: the construction of the shared-use path, installation of fiber optic conduit on SR 28 and water quality improvements on SR 28.”
Cummings added, “The combination of a limited construction season in the Tahoe Basin, high traffic volumes during peak tourist season, difficult access and rugged terrain posed significant schedule and logistical challenges. The good weather and a strong partnership with TRPA allowed work to continue into the fall. This helped to minimize the amount of work remaining for spring 2019.”
Some of the most impressive aspects of this multi-agency project are the cavaliering bridges that tie the entire path together.
There’s a great video on this link that shows the activity that occurred in early December. Be sure to check it out. And, next summer, be sure to bring the family, your dogs, and your bikes to experience it for yourself!