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PROJECT UPDATE: MAY 20,2022

The quantitative analysis, which utilized the updated evaluation criteria listed in the chart below, is now complete for the Cascade to Meeks segment of the West Shore Tahoe Trail. The evaluation criteria were updated based on public input gathered through a series of public meetings, an online survey, and various phone and email communication. The locations within the six corridor segments that had more than one alignment option have been ranked utilizing the updated evaluation criteria.

 

More detailed information can be found by reviewing the following documents:

 

Evaluation Criteria & Scoring Measures

Criteria Definition and Data Sources

Quantitative Scores

Feasibility Analysis “Step by Step”

 

To learn more about the ranked alignments, you can join one of three upcoming virtual meetings:

MEETING #1

Meeks Bay and Rubicon Segments

June 6, noon - 1 p.m.

MEETING #2

Paradise Flat and DL Bliss State Park

June 8, noon - 1 p.m.

MEETING #3

Emerald Bay State Park and Spring Creek/Cascade Lake

June 16, noon - 1 p.m.

 

ABOUT

The State Route 89 Corridor Management plan was completed in 2020 after a 2-year process that engaged key stakeholders, land managers and the public. The plan outlines a vision and a set of goals that address everything from traffic congestion to public access to environmental protections along State Route 89. The need to create a walking and biking trail from the area of Cascade Lake to Meeks Bay, through Emerald Bay, was identified as a top priority in the Corridor Management Plan. As Lake Tahoe continues to experience increased visitation, transportation solutions are important investments in sustainable recreation and communities.

The Cascade to Meeks Trail Feasibility Study, is the first project that has come as a direct result of the Corridor Management Plan. Once complete, the study will identify the preferred routes for the trail, access points, and a cost/feasibility analysis.

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UPDATED EVALUATION

Criteria

ACCESS & OPERATIONS

- Emergency Access and Response
- Maintenance Requirements

LANDOWNER CONSIDERATION

- Parking

- Maintains Segment Character

- Safety

- Land Ownership

COST

- Capital Cost
- Maintenance Cost

CONSTRUCTIBILITY

- Existing Area Slopes
- Equipment Requirements
- Structures/Facilities
- Roadway Crossings

ENVIRONMENTAL

- Biological
- Aquatic
- Cultural
- Botanical
- Scenic

USER EXPERIENCE

- Safety and Enjoyment

- Connectivity to recreation centers and points of interest

- Interpretive opportunities

- Scenic overlook opportunities

- Rest stop opportunities

EVALUATIONS MAP 

Click "Get Started" to view the map

 

WORKSHOP #1

Presentation

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WORKSHOP #1

Zoom Meeting

Click here to view Questions and Answers submitted during Workshop #1 (held via Zoom on October 25, 2021)

 
 
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AGENCY PARTNERS

Steering committee members include: California State Department of Parks & Recreation, Caltrans, El Dorado County, The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, and US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Many other key stakeholders such as local organizations, government agencies, businesses, and individuals are invited and encouraged to participate in the planning process.

 

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