FAQs

Project Overview
Water Quality
Utilities
Construction
Maintenance
Parking
Design
Public Art
Bicycle Mobility
Pedestrian Mobility
Safety
Roundabouts
Traffic Laws
Speed Humps
Bus Stops
Business Merchant
Phases

Project Overview

How is the project being funded?
There are approximately ten federal, state and local agencies that are funding this project.

Why doesn’t the Core of the Core go from State Route 267 traffic light to Secline Avenue and from the Minnow lot entrance to Chipmunk Street?
The current Core of the Core project limits were determined based on a number of variables including available funding versus cost, priority of need, and various environmental and community impact considerations. A second phase of the project (Gateway to the Core) will address those areas not included in the Core of the Core phase. This phase is to be built in 2016.

Will the traffic management plan take effect in the neighborhood grid before construction on the highway?
They will occur simultaneously.

Are utilities planned to be placed underground in the neighborhood grid?
No. The utilities are already underground along Highway 28, but will not be put underground in the grid.

What is the “Gateway to the Core” project, and how does it differ from the “Core of the Core?”
One should consider the two projects together:  the “Core of the Core” and the “Gateway to the Core” make up the overall larger originally planned Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP).  Specifically, the “Gateway to the Core” project is the second phase of the overall KBCCIP.  It will provide pedestrian, bicycle, water quality, and aesthetic improvements to the east and west ends of Kings Beach.  On the west end of town, improvements will be made to the Highway 267/Highway 28 intersection extending eastward to Griff Creek.  It will also provide improvements on the east side of town, from the Minnow Avenue parking lot entrance to lower Chipmunk Street.  One additional public parking lot will be built along Rainbow Avenue between Secline and Deer Streets.  Some of the neighborhood grid streets will receive a rubberized asphalt/concrete overlay and one additional speed hump will be installed.

Water Quality

What makes this project one of the largest water quality projects at Tahoe?
The KBCCIP Water Quality Improvements are based on a watershed model which includes forest, residential, and commercial areas and which contribute approximately 90,000 pounds of sediment to the lake annually. The proposed improvements shall reduce the volume of sediment to approximately half of the pre-project flows.

Does the installation of curb and gutter really help water quality?
There is a three pronged approach for improving storm water quality. Usually the best solution is a combination of all three being source control, conveyance, and finally treatment. BMPs such as curb, gutter, basins, and pipes are a proven method to keep storm water runoff from entering creeks and lakes. In conjunction with these devices, the project proposes high-tech treatment vaults to filter runoff.

Utilities

Who is paying for the relocation of utilities?
The utility relocation work is fully funded by the utility companies themselves.

Are utilities planned to be placed underground in the neighborhood grid?
No. The utilities are already underground along Highway 28, but will not be put underground in the grid.

Construction

What is the construction sequence for new sidewalks to be built and additional parking lots?
Construction for both will occur at the same time.

Where is the field office located?
The field office is located in a trailer on the south side of Highway 28, on an empty lot adjacent to the east end of the state park, and marked with a Command Central sign.

How will the project accommodate the special events that happen each year in Kings Beach?
The contractor’s contract has been written to include restrictions around known events to help minimize impacts to the community.

What is the “Gateway to the Core” project, and how does it differ from the “Core of the Core?”
One should consider the two projects together:  the “Core of the Core” and the “Gateway to the Core” make up the overall larger originally planned Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP).  Specifically, the “Gateway to the Core” project is the second phase of the overall KBCCIP.  It will provide pedestrian, bicycle, water quality, and aesthetic improvements to the east and west ends of Kings Beach.  On the west end of town, improvements will be made to the Highway 267/Highway 28 intersection extending eastward to Griff Creek.  It will also provide improvements on the east side of town, from the Minnow Avenue parking lot entrance to lower Chipmunk Street.  One additional public parking lot will be built along Rainbow Avenue between Secline and Deer Streets.  Some of the neighborhood grid streets will receive a rubberized asphalt/concrete overlay and one additional speed hump will be installed.

Maintenance

How will the new sidewalks and other improvements be repaired or maintained?
A Benefit Assessment District has been set up to fund sidewalk maintenance. Snow removal, hauling and storage are the main tasks. The District also includes sidewalk sweeping/power washing, trash pickup from receptacles, and landscape maintenance and replacement. A fund is also set up to handle repairs of amenities. For further information on the Benefit Assessment District, visit: http://placer.ca.gov/departments/works/projects/kingsbeach

Parking

Once the project is completed, how will on-highway parking be handled? Is it seasonally restricted?
The County, in conjunction with Caltrans, developed a highway parking management plan which initially allows on-highway parking. If by observation, this parking causes excessive traffic buildup or queuing, then measures will need to be taken to restrict times when parking may not be allowed.

What is the law regarding parking along the County roads versus parking along the highway?
Parking along the County roads is seasonally restricted between November 1 through April 1 to allow for County snow removal operations. Parking is also prohibited on top of the newly constructed sidewalks per the California vehicle code (CVC). Parking on site is only allowed if a designated area is designed and built to provide vehicular parking on a stabilized surface. For existing parking along the highway, vehicles need to park outside of the fog line (the white painted line along the right side of the road) if an adequate area exists. After the highway improvements are installed, parking will only be available where parking pullouts have been created. A parking management plan has been approved by Caltrans to monitor and evaluate when highway parking begins to create additional congestion. If the monitoring reflects degradation of traffic flow, then parking times may be adjusted.

Where are the satellite parking lots located and when will they be installed?
There are three satellite parking lots being built with this project. One lot will be built in 2015 by Q&D Construction along the south side of Highway 28. The other two lots were not originally part of Q&D Construction’s contract however Q&D won the bid, and the lots will be built later this summer (2015). One of these lots is next to the post office on Salmon Street. The other is adjacent to the intersection of Deer Street and Rainbow Avenue.

Where is the best available parking located?
Please be aware that changes to parking along the highway could be modified at any time. Parking is available along the highway where no work is being conducted.

Why can’t we park on the sidewalk?
Please keep in mind that parking on sidewalks is against the law. The sidewalks are intended to be used by pedestrians.

Design

Why doesn’t the Core of the Core go from State Route 267 traffic light to Secline Avenue and from the Minnow lot entrance to Chipmunk Street?
The current Core of the Core project limits were determined based on a number of variables including available funding versus cost, priority of need, and various environmental and community impact considerations. A second phase of the project (Gateway to the Core) will address those areas not included in the Core of the Core phase, once funding is identified.

Public Art

Is there a plan for public art in the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project?
Yes. The Tahoe Public Art program, a consortium of the North Tahoe Business Association, North Tahoe Arts, the Tahoe City Downtown Association and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, has chosen two designs. Truckee resident, Troy Corliss’ “Leaf Sails” and Reno resident, David Boyers’ “Swimming with Friends”. These permanent art displays will be installed in 2016 at the two Kings Beach roundabouts. The actual installation date is dependent upon Caltrans’ scheduling. Additionally, several other Kings Beach locations have been identified for public art sometime in the future. The second phase of Tahoe Public Art will focus on art installations in Tahoe City, potentially in conjunction with the Fanny Bridge realignment project.  To learn more and to make a tax-deductible donation please visit: www.tahoepublicart.org. There is no budget in the project contract for public art, therefore the North Tahoe Business Association and their partner agencies are overseeing fundraising for this street beautification component.

Bicycle Mobility

Where are the new bike lanes going to be?
Class 2 bike lanes are proposed along both the north and south sides of the highway from Highway 267 to Chipmunk Street.

Pedestrian Mobility

How should pedestrians get across the roundabouts?
Marked crosswalks are installed at each leg of both roundabouts. Crosswalk locations at the roundabouts are designed so that a car waiting to enter the roundabout is in front of the crosswalk to provide less driver distraction.

In regard to the number of crosswalks located at each roundabout, rather than having four crosswalks at the four legs of the roundabout, could that be reduced to two, one in the north-south direction and one in the east-west location? It seems that this may increase traffic flow through the roundabout.
State and federal guidelines require the crosswalks at the roundabouts to be located where they are. Typically, the crosswalk is located one car length back from the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross safely.

The Coon Street roundabout seems to be causing traffic delays. What does Placer County Department of Public Works expect to do to address this?
Multiple factors affect traffic flow through town. These factors include traffic signals, construction activities, construction signage, and vehicles searching for available parking. When construction is complete, it is anticipated that traffic flow through Kings Beach on Highway 28 will increase.

The crosswalks at the new Coon Street roundabout seem to be too close to the roundabout. Can the Placer County Department of Public Works address this?
Per Federal Design guidelines, crosswalks must be installed at each leg of the roundabout. The physical locations are set by one car length behind the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross the street as a vehicle waits to enter the roundabout.

Why can’t we park on the sidewalk?
Please keep in mind that parking on sidewalks is against the law. The sidewalks are intended to be used by pedestrians.

How can pedestrians safely navigate around the construction zone?
Q&D has delineated several pedestrian pathways giving pedestrians options to navigate around the construction zones. These locations will change as work progresses. Please do not walk or ride bikes within the cone zone.

We have noticed that the bus stops through Kings Beach have been affected by the project. Where can I find bus stops?
 A temporary bus shelter has been erected in front of the Chevron Station. All other west bound stops and shelters remain in the same location as pre-project with the exception that the area required for public transit vehicles to stop, load and unload, is now reduced. Bus stops for east bound traffic have changed slightly. The bus stop next to A-Drift has been relocated to just north of the Event Center (approximately 200 feet west of the previous location). The stop at Coon Street has been temporarily eliminated and patrons are asked to instead use the bus stop further east (approximately 500 feet) near Subway. East bound travelers also have use of a temporary structure located at the state park.

Safety

How should pedestrians get across the roundabouts?
Marked crosswalks are installed at each leg of both roundabouts. Crosswalk locations at the roundabouts are designed so that a car waiting to enter the roundabout is in front of the crosswalk to provide less driver distraction.

In regard to the number of crosswalks located at each roundabout, rather than having four crosswalks at the four legs of the roundabout, could that be rduced to two, one in the north-south direction and one in the east-west location? It seems that this may increase traffic flow through the roundabout.
State and federal guidelines require the crosswalks at the roundabouts to be located where they are. Typically, the crosswalk is located one car length back from the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross safely. The completion of the splitter islands at the Coon Street roundabout in the fall of 2014 should increase vehicle and pedestrian mobility.

The crosswalks at the new Coon Street roundabout seem to be too close to the roundabout. Can the Placer County Department of Public Works address this?
Per Federal Design guidelines, crosswalks must be installed at each leg of the roundabout. The physical locations are set by one car length behind the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross the street as a vehicle waits to enter the roundabout.

The Coon Street roundabout seems to be causing traffic delays. What does Placer County Department of Public Works expect to do to address this?
Multiple factors affect traffic flow through town. These factors include traffic signals, construction activities, construction signage, and vehicles searching for available parking. When construction is complete, it is anticipated that traffic flow through Kings Beach on Highway 28 will increase.

Why can’t we park on the sidewalk?
Please keep in mind that parking on sidewalks is against the law. The sidewalks are intended to be used by pedestrians.

How can pedestrians safely navigate around the construction zone?
Q&D has delineated several pedestrian pathways giving pedestrians options to navigate around the construction zones. These locations will change as work progresses. Please do not walk or ride bikes within the cone zone. Two crosswalks along the highway have been relocated to facilitate pedestrian and bicycle crossing. One is located near the Chevron station, just west of Bear Street. The other is located near the thrift store just east of Coon Street.

The area from Bear to Coon Street is especially challenging for pedestrians. What do you recommend for a best pedestrian route in this area?
The safest path available is a complete detour around to the south side of the highway or along the newly constructed sidewalk on Brook Avenue.

We have noticed that the bus stops through Kings Beach have been affected by the project. Where can I find bus stops?
A temporary bus shelter has been erected in front of the Chevron Station. All other west bound stops and shelters remain in the same location as pre-project with the exception that the area required for public transit vehicles to stop, load and unload, is now reduced. Bus stops for east bound traffic have changed slightly. The bus stop next to A-Drift has been relocated to just north of the Event Center (approximately 200 feet west of the previous location). The stop at Coon Street has been temporarily eliminated and patrons are asked to instead use the bus stop further east (approximately 500 feet) near Subway. East bound travelers also have use of a temporary structure located at the state park.

Where are the new bike lanes going to be?
Class 2 bike lanes are proposed along both the north and south sides of the highway from Highway 267 to Chipmunk Street.

Roundabouts

How should pedestrians get across the roundabouts?
Marked crosswalks are installed at each leg of both roundabouts. Crosswalk locations at the roundabouts are designed so that a car waiting to enter the roundabout is in front of the crosswalk to provide less driver distraction.

In regard to the number of crosswalks located at each roundabout, rather than having four crosswalks at the four legs of the roundabout, could that be reduced to two, one in the north-south direction and one in the east-west location? It seems that this may increase traffic flow through the roundabout.
State and federal guidelines require the crosswalks at the roundabouts to be located where they are. Typically, the crosswalk is located one car length back from the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross safely. The completion of the splitter islands at the Coon Street roundabout in the fall of 2014 should increase vehicle and pedestrian mobility.

The crosswalks at the new Coon Street roundabout seem to be too close to the roundabout. Can the Placer County Department of Public Works address this?
Per Federal Design guidelines, crosswalks must be installed at each leg of the roundabout. The physical locations are set by one car length behind the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross the street as a vehicle waits to enter the roundabout.

The Coon Street roundabout seems to be causing traffic delays. What does Placer County Department of Public Works expect to do to address this?
Multiple factors affect traffic flow through town. These factors include traffic signals, construction activities, construction signage, and vehicles searching for available parking. When construction is complete, it is anticipated that traffic flow through Kings Beach on Highway 28 will increase.

Why are the roundabout splitter islands being modified? Are the actual roundabouts also being modified in the fall of 2015?
The roundabouts are not being modified, just curbs along splitter islands heading into and out of the roundabouts. There are no changes that will occur to the roundabouts or the landscaping within the roundabouts. The changes are to the splitter islands only and will modify the curb to allow smooth snow removal operations. With this change, the splitter islands on the highway will no longer support landscaping.

What does it mean to say that the roundabout splitter island curbs will be made flatter in appearance and will look similar to the other splitter islands in the region.
The splitter islands will look quite similar in regard to curb shape and hardscape infill as splitter islands leading into and out of roundabouts in Truckee.

Shown below are roundabout splitter islands in Truckee, which illustrates what the roundabout splitter island modifications will look like when completed in Kings Beach.

Who is paying for the roundabout modifications?
Caltrans and Placer County Department of Public Works are splitting the cost.

How will the roundabout modification work affect the completion date of the project?
The contractor expects to finish the highway work before winter of 2015. The modifications to the splitter islands will be performed at night to limit impacts on traffic and to keep the project on schedule as planned.

Can’t there be some landscaping left in the splitter islands?
No, the landscaping will be removed and planted elsewhere along Highway 28 in Kings Beach.

If the roundabouts are being modified, can the crosswalks be removed while the work is being done?
The roundabout crosswalks are placed appropriately and follow both state and federal standards. Roundabouts in Truckee and Incline Village all have similar pedestrian crossings. The main reason why crosswalks are located next to the roundabout is due to slower vehicle speed. If the crosswalks were located mid-block, they would be where vehicle speeds are typically at a maximum.

Since roundabouts have been installed in Kings Beach, traffic delays through town are noticeable. What can be done to address this?
The project is not complete, therefore, many factors are contributing to traffic slow-ups in Kings Beach. CHP, in conjunction with Placer County Department of Public Works’ traffic engineers, are currently coordinating studies to observe and monitor traffic flow along the highway to see if any modifications are required, and to look at the effects of pedestrians crossing the highway and thus possibly causing traffic to back up.

Several other factors are present along Highway 28 in Kings Beach during summer 2015 which contribute to impeding traffic flow through town including the temporary entrance into the state park, diagonal parking in front of Jason’s and completion of the remaining Highway 28 frontage improvements.

Will the art that is planned to be installed inside the roundabouts be affected by the roundabout splitter island modification?
No, the art planned to be installed is moving forward as planned. The roundabouts themselves will not be modified but rather the smaller splitter islands leading into and out of the roundabouts. There are no changes of the proposed art installations that Placer County Department of Public Works is aware of. The art installation approvals are being handled by Caltrans.

Traffic Laws

How should pedestrians get across the roundabouts?
Marked crosswalks are installed at each leg of both roundabouts. Crosswalk locations at the roundabouts are designed so that a car waiting to enter the roundabout is in front of the crosswalk to provide less driver distraction.

What is the law regarding parking along the County roads versus parking along the highway?
Parking along the County roads is seasonally restricted between November 1 through April 1 to allow for County snow removal operations. Parking is also prohibited on top of the newly constructed sidewalks per the California vehicle code (CVC). Parking on site is only allowed if a designated area is designed and built to provide vehicular parking on a stabilized surface. For existing parking along the highway, vehicles need to park outside of the fog line (the white painted line along the right side of the road) if an adequate area exists. After the highway improvements are installed, parking will only be available where parking pullouts have been created. A parking management plan has been approved by Caltrans to monitor and evaluate when highway parking begins to create additional congestion. If the monitoring reflects degradation of traffic flow, then parking times may be adjusted.

In regard to the number of crosswalks located at each roundabout, rather than having four crosswalks at the four legs of the roundabout, could that be reduced to two, one in the north-south direction and one in the east-west location? It seems that this may increase traffic flow through the roundabout.
State and federal guidelines require the crosswalks at the roundabouts to be located where they are. Typically, the crosswalk is located one car length back from the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross safely. The completion of the splitter islands at the Coon Street roundabout in the fall of 2014 should increase vehicle and pedestrian mobility.

The crosswalks at the new Coon Street roundabout seem to be too close to the roundabout. Can the Placer County Department of Public Works address this?
Per Federal Design guidelines, crosswalks must be installed at each leg of the roundabout. The physical locations are set by one car length behind the yield line in order to allow pedestrians to cross the street as a vehicle waits to enter the roundabout.

The Coon Street roundabout seems to be causing traffic delays. What does Placer County Department of Public Works expect to do to address this?
Multiple factors affect traffic flow through town. These factors include traffic signals, construction activities, construction signage, and vehicles searching for available parking. When construction is complete, it is anticipated that traffic flow through Kings Beach on Highway 28 will increase.

Speed Humps

How high will the speed humps be?
The elongated speed humps are six inches high and stretch 12 to 14 feet across the roadway which are considered smoother and less jarring to vehicles, than other traffic calming devices.

What traffic calming measures are included in the project?
Eight permanent traffic calming devices (speed humps) are already installed in the grid, and 13 additional speed humps will be installed as part of the Core of the Core phase. Three additional humps are included in Phase 2 (Gateway to the Core).

Bus Stops

We have noticed that the bus stops through Kings Beach have been affected by the project. Where can I find bus stops?
A temporary bus shelter has been erected in front of the Chevron Station. All other west bound stops and shelters remain in the same location as pre-project with the exception that the area required for public transit vehicles to stop, load and unload, is now reduced. Bus stops for east bound traffic have changed slightly. The bus stop next to A-Drift has been relocated to just north of the Event Center (approximately 200 feet west of the previous location). The stop at Coon Street has been temporarily eliminated and patrons are asked to instead use the bus stop further east (approximately 500 feet) near Subway. East bound travelers also have use of a temporary structure located at the state park.

Business Merchant

Can private items such as tables, umbrellas and signs be placed out on the new constructed sidewalks?
Generally, such items should be placed on private property. If a property or business owner wants to place items off their property, they need to engage with the Placer County Planning Department to receive prior authorization.

Phases

What is the “Gateway to the Core” project, and how does it differ from the “Core of the Core?”
One should consider the two projects together: the “Core of the Core” and the “Gateway to the Core” make up the overall larger originally planned Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP). Specifically, the “Gateway to the Core” project is the second phase of the overall KBCCIP. It will provide pedestrian, bicycle, water quality, and aesthetic improvements to the east and west ends of Kings Beach. On the west end of town, improvements will be made to the Highway 267/Highway 28 intersection extending eastward to Griff Creek. It will also provide improvements on the east side of town, from the Minnow Avenue parking lot entrance to lower Chipmunk Street. One additional public parking lot will be built along Rainbow Avenue between Secline and Deer Streets. Some of the neighborhood grid streets will receive a rubberized asphalt/concrete overlay and one additional speed hump will be installed.