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Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project Wins Statewide Competition

Mar 15, 2016 12:00AM ● By Source: Scott Sandow, Placer County

We are proud to announce that Placer County’s Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project has been honored with the 2016 Outstanding Local Streets and Roads Project Award by the County Engineers Association of California and the Public Works Officers’ Institute at their annual spring meeting in Sacramento.

The Kings Beach project is transforming a 1.1-mile stretch of Highway 28 through the heart of this North Lake Tahoe community and the adjacent residential neighborhood into a more environmentally-friendly and walkable community. The project is managed by the county’s Department of Public Works and Facilities and is expected to be completed this fall.

Placer County won the award in the complete streets and multi-modal mobility projects category, beating out other city and county projects in the statewide competition sponsored by the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties and County Engineers Association of California.

The Local Streets and Roads Award Program honors cities and counties that are employing projects, programs, practices, and innovative technologies and materials to achieve preservation, safety and sustainability goals for the statewide local street and road system.

When completed, the project will provide multiple benefits to both Kings Beach and Lake Tahoe. As part of the project, water-quality improvements have been installed and will catch sediment-laden runoff and treat it, helping preserve the lake’s clarity. With the installation of sidewalks and bicycle lanes, the community will be much more pedestrian and bike friendly. Numerous amenities are also being installed that improve the aesthetics of the community. They include 8,000 feet of sidewalks, bicycle lanes, streetscape improvements, trash receptacles, a 400-foot-long granite seat wall, benches, landscaping and decorative lights.

This is the second honor awarded to the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project. The project was honored with the Project of the Year award by the Sacramento Chapter of American Public Work Association in 2015.

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