Lake Tahoe, Stateline, NV – A major makeover plan for a stretch of US Highway 50 in the south Stateline corridor has been released for public review and comment, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) announced today.
The draft Main Street Management Plan would turn 1 mile of the current highway into a two-lane “main street” that would safely accommodate all modes of transportation and create the first major community hub at Tahoe that is not on a major highway, according to the agencies. The Main Street Management Plan is one of the permit conditions of the U.S. 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project, which will realign a key segment of the highway to run behind the casino core and Heavenly Village, improving traffic flow for people driving through the area.
TTD is leading the Highway 50 project, which was approved by the TRPA Governing Board in 2018 with requirements for replacement housing and a neighborhood amenities plan, in addition to the Main Street Management Plan. An 18-member Stakeholder Working Group and multiple public input sessions have helped shape the plan over the past two years.
In addition to promoting safety and multiple modes of transportation, the draft Main Street Management Plan provides the flexibility for community events like farmers markets and street music. It also details recommendations for physical signage and wayfinding technology, and how to measure and monitor the success of the street once it is built, according to TRPA and TTD.
The TRPA Governing Board is expected to consider the draft plan for partial approval in November. Additional components of the Main Street Management Plan must be satisfied by TTD to be fully adopted, including a parking management plan and an ownership, operations, and management strategy with agreements from the City of South Lake Tahoe and Douglas County.
The draft Main Street Management Plan is available here. Interested members of the public can register to attend an informational webinar on Monday, October 19 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. Public comments submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 31 will help inform the plan.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, Public Information Officer, at 775-589-5278.