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


Traffic Control Information Spider Excavator - Bridge Foundation Construction near Sand Harbor2

Final construction of State Route 28 shared use path, water quality and traffic safety improvements will begin April 22, 2019 with single lane closures and short-term full road closures south of Incline Village. Project completion is anticipated for early July and will be announced prior to opening. 

  • Day and nighttime single lane closures will take place Sunday evenings from 8 p.m. through 5:30 p.m. Fridays in areas between the southern end of Incline Village and three miles south of Sand Harbor State Park. Weekend single lane closures may also occur during off-peak season. Motorists should anticipate 20 to 30-minute travel delays.

Additional construction-related closures and tips include:

  • The Memorial Point roadside parking lot and restroom will continue to be closed for construction staging.
  • Beach and trail access between Lakeshore Boulevard and Sand Harbor State Park may be closed during construction. For traveler’s safety, access to beaches or trails is not allowed through the construction zones.
  • Roadside parking from Ponderosa Ranch Road to approximately three-plus miles south of Sand Harbor State Park will not be allowed during construction. Travelers should pay special attention to no parking/tow-away zones throughout the project area as towing will be enforced in no parking zones.
  • With potential travel delays, vehicle owners are encouraged to be aware of vehicle fuel and/or electric charge range and utilize available fueling/charging stations before traveling through road work zones.

Project Timeline Path Grading near Sand Harbor 2

  • Environmental process completed - 2016
  • Final Design completed - early 2017
  • Construction - 2016 - Spring 2019 (completion weather-dependent) 

Construction Progress

The pathway has been excavated and paved, bridge foundations constructed, and 2,800 linear feet of storm drain pipes, a pathway tunnel and 5,000 linear feet of reinforcing wall installed. The bridge deck installations are the final major element of construction. The path is anticipated to open in the summer of 2019 after final drainage, landscaping, paving and other finishing work is complete.

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 will be 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 is being funded through federal, state, and local funding sources. It has been 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

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