SR-28 Shared Use Path, Lake Tahoe

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traffic3Nevada State Route 28 south of Lakeshore Drive, in Incline Village on Lake Tahoe's east shore, parallels 11 miles of undeveloped shoreline, the lake's longest stretch. The two-lane, mountainside road is also the only access route for over one million recreationists and 2.6 million-plus vehicles per year. Use along the corridor continues to grow, with shoulder-parking projected to double in the next 20 years.

The conditions are challenging for motorists and the nearly 2,000 pedestrians and bicyclists using travel lanes during peak times. Additionally, associated erosion impacts the lake's water quality. In response, 13 agencies, led by the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD), came together to find solutions and develop the recommendations in the SR 28 National Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan.

Mountain side path grading2-2017

In an effort to coordinate safety and mobility, the group worked to develop the Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline Bikeway North Demonstration Project Joint Environmental Assessmentfor the first three miles of shared-use path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor. This is a component of the larger Nevada Stateline to Stateline Feasibility Study Report for the entire 30+ miles of shared-use path, also known as the Tahoe East Shore Trail. The proposed project is a Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Environmental Improvement Program project.

SR-28 Shared Use Path Project Overview Video

 

Project Completion

The Nevada Department of Transportation, Tahoe Transportation District and partners opened the new Tahoe East Shore Trail in Incline Village on June 28, 2019 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The approximately three-mile path between southern Incline Village and Sand Harbor State Park is now officially open to non-motorized bicycle and foot traffic. The path is a major step in a future multi-use trail circling Lake Tahoe to connect communities, parks, beaches, businesses and other destinations.

Travel Details
Travelers should anticipate the following:
• Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are reminded to travel attentively through the area as the path creates new vehicle and pedestrian traffic patterns.
• Non-motorized bicycle and foot traffic is allowed on the path, along with electric assist bicycles.
• The path is not striped, but users are reminded to travel to the right as per traditional traffic patterns.
• Dogs are allowed on the path with leash. Please pick up after your pet.
• Roadside parking is prohibited on State Route 28 between Sweetwater Road and south of Sand Harbor State Park as marked by signage. Approximately 90 new parking spots with direct access to the path are available at three new parking lots located alongside State Route 28 in Incline Village near Ponderosa Ranch Road. The parking spots will initially be offered free of charge before transitioning in coming months to paid parking through the Tahoe Transportation District. Revenues will be used to operate and maintain the trail and parking.
• Tahoe Transportation District’s East Shore Express and Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transit (TART) offer bus service directly to the new pathway trailhead through Labor Day. 
• The path is open from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset.
• The path will be maintained by Washoe County and Nevada State Parks.
• Protect Tahoe’s waters by staying on the pathway and designated trails. If you pack it in, pack it out.

Project Timeline Path Grading near Sand Harbor 2

  • Environmental process completed - 2016
  • Final Design completed - early 2017
  • Construction - 2016 - Project completed June 28, 2019 

Project Benefits

shared useAlthough each of the project’s major components may provide high value as independent construction projects, the project partners determined that the highest return value for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are achieved when there is connectivity of the facilities, which in turn will provide the biggest improvement to the environment

The project takes an integrated approach with each of the major components contributing to solutions for the multitude of challenges, two of which are pictured, in the SR 28 corridor:

  • emergency pull outShared-use path for recreation access
    • safer transportation choices and improved experience
  • New or expanded off-highway parking
    • fewer accidents, safer access and connectivity to recreation destinations
    • reduced erosion and fine sediment run-off, protecting lake water quality
  • Maintenance and emergency pullouts
    • safe locations for corridor operations
    • improved circulation
  • East Shore Express transit upgrades
    • improved highway safety and circulation
    • easier access to recreation destinations

Partnering Agencies Sculpted Wall and path North of Sand Harbor

NDOT, as the lead agency, will be working with:

  • Carson City
  • Douglas County
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Incline Village General Improvement District
  • Nevada Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol
  • Nevada Division of State Lands
  • Nevada Division of State Parks
  • Tahoe Fund
  • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Tahoe Transportation District
  • U.S. Forest Service - Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
  • Washoe County
  • Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California

Project Funding 

This project was funded through federal, state, and local funding sources. It was a collaborative effort and the funding mirrors the agencies' and public's endeavors to make SR 28 enjoyable for all users.

Contact Information Mountain side path grading near Rocky Point-2017

NDOT Project Manager
Nick Johnson, PE, PMP, CPM
Project Management Chief
775-888-7318
NJohnson@dot.nv.gov

To sign up for free project email updates, contact jennifer@weidingerpr.com

Archived News and Information

Public Meetings in 2016

Project News for the Community

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