A New Main Street for the South Shore

The League to Save Lake Tahoe has helped guide the Highway 50 Loop Road project and Main Street Management Plan as a member of the Stakeholder Working Group.
Main Street Management Plan
The Highway 50 Loop Road ProjectIf you live or work on the south shore, you most likely know about the plans to relocate and revitalize a 1.1-mile stretch of historic Highway 50. The U.S. 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project, or “Loop Road project” as it’s come to be known, calls for rerouting Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe and Stateline south behind the casino core, turning what is now a highway into a quieter and less trafficked street.

This new “Main Street” will greet locals and visitors with wider sidewalks, more open green spaces, landscaped islands, and fewer trucks and cars.The project is intended to build upon the improvements of the Heavenly gondola and Village, and in the end, provide a wonderful sense of place for the community and visitors to gather.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe sees a new Main Street as a unique opportunity to cut traffic through the downtown core, promote alternative forms of transportation and reduce the amount of fine sediment that runs off roadways and into the Lake, damaging its clarity. 

The Main Street Management PlanMain Street Design Rendering
With input from a diverse group of stakeholders, including the League, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) approved permits to move forward on the Loop Road project with several conditions. The conditions were created to ensure the project is completed responsibly, while maximizing positive effects for the community, minimizing unwanted impacts and protecting the Lake Tahoe environment.

The Main Street Management Plan is one of seven conditions that must be completed as part of the overall Loop Road plan, and is being led jointly by TRPA and the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD). The final plan is now complete, which provides design concepts and policy recommendations for the street corridor after Highway 50 is rerouted to the east from Lake Parkway to the intersection of Pioneer Trail.

Learn More
For more on the Main Street Management Plan, click here. Read more on the Loop Road project here.

Read the League's comment letters from November 2020October 2020 and September 2020.

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