Lake Tahoe’s lead regulatory agency unanimously approved a controversial highway realignment project on South Shore on Thursday, but several significant requirements will need to be met before construction starts.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approved the U.S. 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project after more than seven years of planning. The project, frequently referred to as the Loop Road, will realign U.S. 50 behind the Stateline casinos and Heavenly Village.
The project has been touted for its environmental benefits and its intent to create a walkable core in the Stateline area by realigning the 1-mile stretch highway. The current U.S. 50 would become a two-lane street with expanded sidewalks and bike lanes, enhanced transit services, streetscape improvements and sites for infill redevelopment.