stopping wildfire + zephyr expansion in the basin

Tahoe East Shore Alliance – TESA – is a large and growing coalition of neighbors and residents along the east shore who represent a strong voice of leadership against overdevelopment, excessive tourism, and regional planning that is opposed to the voice of residents.

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TESA continues to protect our magnificent lake, forests and communities from ill-conceived plans by a few urban planners and unelected officials who aim to recreate the Tahoe basin in their own image. 

TESA continues to protect our magnificent Lake, forests and communities from ill-conceived plans by a few urban planners and unelected officials who aim to recreate the Tahoe basin in their own image. The future of our basin depends on residents who will stand up, speak up and hold the line on persistent over-development, over-tourism and overreach. 

That’s how our East Shore community stopped the US 50 Road Diet and worked with Douglas County Board of Commissioners to pass Resolution 2024R-31, designating “the U.S. Highway 50 as a critical primary evacuation route for the Tahoe Township and the California side of South Lake Tahoe,” a win-win for everyone.

Nevertheless, wildfire risk in the Basin remains tantamount.

Even with a 4-lane US 50, our evacuation challenges remain. We are pressing forward on all fronts to mitigate fire dangers in the Basin, especially since USFS Chief Randy Moore’ predicts “a very active fire season.” 

The Chief’s Burn Back Better” letter has caused a firestorm among firefighters and Forest Service veterans nationwide over policy that has incinerated nearly 30 million acres of forest lands over the last 5 years. TESA is working closely with the National Wildfire Institute and local Fire Chiefs to push back against dangerous “let burn” fire policy and practice.

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USFS expansion of Zephyr Cove Resort is potential disaster. 

Zephyr Shoals project puts zero limits on capacity for this already congested and chaotic recreation area, welcoming more out of control beach partiesbrawls and July 4 celebrations that leave tons of garbage on our beach.

With USDA/Aramark in charge, what could go wrong?  

The operator of Zephyr Cove Resort is one of the worst in the industry. Recently fired from its Crater Lake concession.  Despite their horrendous safety record, USFS is contracting with Aramark to EXPAND its operation into Zephyr Shoals, some of the most pristine  and gorgeous areas of the Lake. 

Meanwhile, TRPA turns a blind eye to the garbage, violence and upheaval so they can bus in  more tourists to overwhelm already over-taxed infrastructure. 

Road diets create the illusion of safety, without actual safety. ~Randal O'Toole, Thoreau Institute

road diet gimmicks?
not going to work here

Our goal is to protect our Lake and forests, highways and communities from ill-conceived plans by a few urban planners and bureaucrats who aim to recreate the Tahoe basin in their own image.  The future of our basin depends on residents who will stand up, speak up and hold the line before it’s too late.

Our first priority is the preservation and safety of the 4-lane US 50 corridor which serves the larger South Lake Tahoe and East Shore communities as the only viable emergency evacuation route in the event of wildfire. NDOT’s Corridor Management Plan 2.0, which threatens to remove 2 of 4 traffic lanes in favor of a bike path, is back on the table despite fervent and consistent opposition from residents.

The Caldor Fire  was a wake-up call to all of us. The evacuation was chaotic despite a 4-lane US 50.Imagine that evacuation scenario with only 2 lanes.

Bottom line: We need an effective fire evacuation corridor more than we need a road-diet or bi-modal bike path.

Join our efforts to ensure that US 50 improvements and modifications enhance basic transit safety, traffic flow and evacuation capacity for visitors and residents along our East Shore and Tahoe basin communities.

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Reclaim our communities and stewardship responsibility from unelected officials more interested in money and power than the well-being of Lake, the basin and its residents.


Optimize road safety, mobility and evacuation capacity.

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Revive the essence of all that makes Tahoe unique, special and a national treasure.

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Better Idea ? Build a Trumpet Interchange

Design Considerations for US 50 / SR28 Trumpet Interchange by Robert W. Byren, TESA Tech Team We suggest that a “trumpet” interchange at the Spooner Summit interchange, with SR20 passing under US 50, may be a better alternative to the roundabout.  It is technically feasible at this location  and provides

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When roundabouts are counterproductive to evacuation

When Roundabouts Are Counterproductive to Evacuation

In December 2023, Nevada State Governor Joe Lombardo directed the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to keep US 50 a four-lane thoroughfare from Stateline to Spooner Summit.  This modified NDOT’s US 50 East Shore Corridor Management Plan, or CMP, regarding lane configuration. However, other aspects of the CMP remain unaffected,

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US 50 Road Diet Violates Federal Guidelines

US 50 Road Diet Violates Federal Guidelines

Abstract This paper compares government-specified road-diet thresholds in traffic volume to peak daily traffic data from Placer.ai visitation data in the segment of US 50 from Stateline to Round Mound.  In all cases, maximum thresholds were handily exceeded during peak season.  Moreover, road diets are designed to improve pedestrian safety

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Fact Check Hwy 50: CMP Public Comment Analysis

Fact Check Hwy 50: CMP Public Comment Analysis

Fact Check Hwy 50 When it comes to public comment regarding the Tahoe East Shore Corridor Management Plan and outreach to the community, NDOT makes frequent reference to its numbers: 3 rounds of noticed public outreach. 50 meetings. More than 780 participants. 1530 comments. These public comments are summarized and

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Brett Tibbitts Zephyr Cove, NV

In 2017 NDOT came to the community held a meeting at Zephyr Cove school. They expected a small crowd. Over 200 people showed up passionately against this project. NDOT went away for five years and came back with essentially the same plan. They didn’t have any public meetings. They obfuscated the public comment by having people put Post-it notes around the room so can say whatever they want the public comment to be. It was a mess.

Robert B. Lake Tahoe, NV

The traffic flow studies upon which the CMP study team relied are averages and do not capture the real congestion problems that residents and visitors face under Peak flow conditions this can only be established through comprehensive collection of peak traffic volume speed and Transit time data. NDOT is now proposing to shut down two lanes of traffic for a demonstration project to allow NDOT to gather important data points such as average speeds crash data rates and performance of merged Verge points. again that word average in my view this is a major oversight and downplays the real issue along the corridor which is congestion during rush hours and over weekends and holidays during the high seasons.

S. Morrow Lake Tahoe, NV

NDOT ran a Statewide study back in 2016 asking residents what they wanted most out of their highways. Do you know that the number one answer was? Operational efficiency. Imagine, Nevada tax paying citizens want to be able to move on the roads that you built. Do you know how many Nevada citizens want a bike path? 16 percent . I am asking you the board one more time to please listen to the people in the state.

Paul Felton Lake Tahoe, NV

Traffic is projected to increase as it has for decades along the CMP corridor and NDOT wants to shrink it--this doesn’t make sense. The data case studies and road shrinkages that NDOT has cited in support of its campaign are almost all inapplicable to Highway 50. And the claim that road shrinkage will reduce travel time by only 2 minutes from Spooner Summit to Stateline is not credible. Operation in winter will be horrible. What do you think is going to happen then? Highway 50 is defined as a principal arterial. Reducing the width and number of lanes and enforcing multiple merging traffic patterns will harm the interests of residents, commuters, business people truckers and public safety personnel.

Beth W.T. Zephyr Cove, NV

After delaying your plans last December to make the changes to our 13-mile stretch, you promised you would return first to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners and most importantly to us as residents regarding lane reductions. Those promises were not honored… We want to improve safety but very few of us embrace the lane reductions you continue to propose. We want turn Lanes, we want lights if needed, roundabouts and elimination of on-road parking, decreased speed limits signage, Illuminating current speed and increased law enforcement presence--not reducing the lanes which compromises our travel.

Helen Zephyr Cove, NV

Does anybody recall the previous generation’s long fight to make US 50 a four-lane? The previous generation is still alive and although they’re not here they’re in their 80s most of them they remember a time when that was two lanes and they fought so hard with far less traffic to make this a four-lane highway. This lane reduction affects tourism for our business, it affects tourists because they won’t want to come to Lake Tahoe and sit in a bottleneck every single holiday.

Kirk L. Zephyr Cove, NV

Does NDOT US 50 East Shore management plan address snow removal operations adequately? Winter weather put the highway in a challenging position. I don’t understand how the plow teams will move the snow off the road if lanes are removed and how so many visitors, supply trucks and locals can rely on this highway to move.

Peter S. Zephyr Cove, NV

I’m a road cyclist. I love riding but I do not support the proposal. If the purpose of reducing lanes on 50 is to reduce crashes from cyclist and car interactions there are better proposals.

Guy Moss Zephyr Cove, NV

I was in the third graduating class of George Whittell High School. In 1963 when traffic conditions warranted widening that road to 4 lanes, we were so happy. It is ridiculous to even talk about narrowing this road now. I am a 34-year veteran from the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District. Those hundred accidents that they say happen in that area each year, about a third of them are in Zephyr Cove, mostly due to the parking on the highway, people that are under the influence trying to get into their cars and walking down the middle of the highway. Stop the parking on the highway and clean up Zephyr Cove.

Debbie L. Zephyr Cove, NV

Through terrible weather and long tourist seasons, we all suffer the same problems of overcrowded roads. The thought of making them smaller makes our employees who travel from the valley very frightened to drive up and down our roads. How are we going to get people to work in Lake Tahoe with only one lane?

Ellie W. Zephyr Cove, NV

I want to remind you that, courtesy of the Tahoe fund non-profit, Douglas County has a sawmill and logging trucks now graze Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe down to Carson City for further conflict on the roadway. And that logging Mill is going to be there for many many years. I hope you are listening to the public as well as the business owners at this is a very critical juncture in the future of what the East Shore Corridor is going to look like.

Guy Moss Zephyr Cove, NV

Please do not restrict our mobility on our roadways. There's other ways to deal with the bike traffic and basically as far as I understand this is TRPA is pushing bicycles and bicycle lanes. They do not belong in the highway in any form. Bicycles are a wonderful thing but they have no business on Highway 50. They are no match for cars.

Andy H. Zephyr Cove, NV

Every time you do maintenance or road construction like Warrior Way, we see how much it backs up the traffic and the gridlock that happens when you when you narrow the lanes. I think there should be more focus on the safety in slowing the traffic down in certain areas. We need radar signs flashing driver travel speed and we need enforcement personnel to slow people down.

Janine N. Zephyr Cove, NV

After 37 years in the Aerospace industry we always took a system engineering approach to everything we never made decisions without doing modeling and simulation of the impact. I don't believe NDOT has a high-fidelity model a comprehensive model of that Corridor at all I've asked NDOT for this information and suggested they might talk to UNR transportation engineering department. They have technology that NDOT does not and are willing to help. But no one has reached out to them. Where is the technical support and modeling for this project? I don’t think it exists.

Elisabeth L. Zephyr Cove, NV

National highway safety crash data (chapter 2 table 32) show that there are 9 times fewer fatalities on 4 lane roadways than 2 lanes. If the true goal is traffic safety these factors should be addressed in the order of importance. Lane reductions do not mitigate the root problems and proposed road diets like NDOT’s are not indicated for Rural arterial roads like ours, particularly when evacuating with fire or snow.