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Placer’s “Resort Triangle” takes shape with approval of $858K for new trails

September 06, 2017

Continuing its commitment to transform North Lake Tahoe into a thriving local community and provide visitors a world-class experience, the Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved two agreements to help advance the planned Resort Triangle Trail Network.

The now halfway complete Resort Triangle will consist of a continuous 62-miles of trails running from the Town of Truckee to Northstar, then to Kings Beach. From there the trail will continue to Tahoe City before returning to Truckee along the state Route 89 corridor, completing the triangle.

The first of two approved agreements brought before the board today authorizes a contract award with Lumos & Associates of Carson City, Nevada to perform engineering and environmental consulting services for the Truckee River Recreational Access Plan in the amount of $249,915.

The plan proposes a multi-use paved trail segment north of Squaw Valley Road all the way to Truckee. It would connect with the existing trail, which runs south of Squaw Valley Road to Tahoe City, connecting all of the Truckee River corridor between Truckee and Tahoe City and enhancing public access throughout the corridor. The corridor represents an outstanding recreational resource that is a popular destination for paddlers, hikers, anglers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers and campers.

The plan would also identify the restoration and access improvement areas to restore watersheds and wetlands, identify staging areas and trailheads, support connectivity of three campgrounds and protect the property rights of private landowners.

The Truckee River Recreational Access Plan is expected to be finalized in the summer of 2018.

Additionally, the board approved a $618,661 construction and design agreement with the Northstar Community Services District to build segments of the Martis Valley Trail, a 10-foot-wide paved multi-use recreation trail approximately nine miles long connecting the Northstar Village to Truckee.

Both projects are consistent with the Tourism Master Plan approved by the board in October 2015, and are funded by transient occupancy tax (short-term rental tax) funds generated in North Lake Tahoe.

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