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Incline Gateway

Map - Location - History - Design - Goals - Completion - Project Partners - Contact

The TTD acted as in-Basin facilitator for this Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) project.

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The intersection of State Routes 28 and 431 at the west end of Incline Village.

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Multiple and severe traffic accidents (some fatalities) occurred at this location. High seasonal traffic volumes also created congestion here. Both resulted in delays and queues of idling cars. Incline Village resident Don Kanare first proposed a roundabout (traffic circle) solution to the intersection's problems at a community-visioning meeting in 2007.

With the Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees and the Incline Gateway Committee (Don Kanare, Jim Clark and Jim Nowlin) advocating and the TTD facilitating, NDOT responded to the community's needs, becoming the managing partner for design and construction. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Washoe County also partnered in the $2.4 million project.

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After analysis of various possibilities, including research on successful roundabout implementations, the roundabout design was selected as the preferred solution. The Incline Gateway Committee, with TTD Outreach support, spearheaded an aesthetic component for the center.

Artists were invited to submit ideas from which community members selected a wildlife theme by renowned sculptor June Towill Brown. Ms. Brown donated her time and local residents contributed over $100,000 for the artwork's materials, maintenance and insurance.

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The main goals of the Incline Gateway project were:

  • Improved Intersection Safety - reducing the frequency and severity of traffic accidents.
  • Less Traffic Congestion - preventing traffic congestion and side-street traffic overflow as a secondary benefit
  • Better Tahoe Basin Air and Water Quality - minimizing the number of idling vehicles and resulting emission and noise pollution by avoiding delays due to accidents or traffic congestion. Smoother traffic flow will also alleviate some roadway deterioration and associated erosion/runoff, helping protect the lake's clarity. Additionally, two erosion control projects were completed in conjunction with the roundabout project.

As an added benefit, the community-supported art installation at the center of the roundabout, featuring life-size bronze wildlife sculptures, creates an aesthetically appealing entrance to the Basin.

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After a series of community meetings and workshops to share ideas and gather feedback, the project was approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for utility relocation. Construction was completed in September 2012. The roundabout was dedicated in a ceremony featuring Beach Boy Mike Love on October 17.

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Project Partners




Also including Incline Gateway Committee (residents), Artist June Towill Brown, and the Incline Village Roundabout Public Art Project Fund.

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We welcome your input. Please address written comments to:

Tahoe Transportation District
PO Box 499
Zephyr Cove, NV 89448

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