Road Work Resumes Around Tahoe Basin to Improve Lake Clarity, Road Safety
4/21/2014
Date: April 21, 2014
Contact: Steve Nelson, steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (530) 741-4566 (office)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TAHOE BASIN – Six highway water-quality improvement projects on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin will begin construction this spring, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today.

Part of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, these projects are designed to rehabilitate and reconstruct drainage facilities – allowing roadway runoff to be directed to treatment collection facilities rather than directly into Lake Tahoe and its tributary waterways. Some projects will also improve safety and traffic flow and encourage walking and bicycling with wider shoulders, new left-turn pockets, repaving the highway, and installing new sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic signals.

Caltrans projects in construction this season include:

U.S. Highway 50

·        Where: From the South Lake Tahoe Airport to the “Y” Junction of 50/89

·       When: May 5 – Oct. 15; project is expected to be completed this season

·       Estimated Total Project Cost: $12.1 million

·       Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season: from 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday; Peak season: from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.  Up to 20-minute delays.

Where: From Johnson Pass Road through Meyers to Incline Road

·       When: May 1 – Oct. 15, project is expected to be completed this season

·       Estimated Total Project Cost: $15.3 million

·       Anticipated Lane Closures: Weekday daytime closures, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, off the road by noon Friday. Daytime closures are scheduled throughout the project unless traffic impacts necessitate switching to night work.

State Highway 89

·       Where: 0.1 mile north of Eagle Falls Sidehill Viaduct #5 to Meeks Creek Bridge

·       When: April 14 – Oct. 15; project expected to finish in fall 2015

·       Estimated Total Project Cost: $20 million

·       Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season: daytime Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. No lane closures after 11 a.m. Friday. Peak season: nighttime Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Up to 20-minute delays.

Where: From Wilson Street in Tahoma to Tahoe City (to Cherry Street this season)

·       When: May 1 – Oct. 15; project is expected to finish in fall 2016

·       Estimated Total Project Cost: $41 million

·       Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season (Labor Day – June 15): around the clock from midnight Sunday until noon Friday. Peak season (June 15- Labor Day): around the clock from midnight Sunday until 10 a.m. Friday. Up to 20-minute delays.

·       Note: In conjunction with this project, Southwest Gas is in its final season of gas line relocations along the highway from Ward Avenue to Granlibakken Road. Anticipated lane closures for the gas work are: off-peak: midnight Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday; and daily from 6 p.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Peak season: midnight Sunday to noon Monday; daily from 7 p.m. to noon Monday through Thursday; and 7 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Friday. Up to 20-minute delays.

Where: From Tahoe City to Squaw Valley

·       When: Late May – Oct. 15; project expected to be completed this season

·       Estimated Total Project Cost: $4 million

·       Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season: Nighttime closures, 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., Sunday through Saturday. Peak season: Nighttime closures, 6 p.m. to 10 a.m., Sunday through Friday. Up to 20-minute delays.

In addition to the Caltrans projects, Placer County's Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Program is already in construction this season. The streetscape project includes reducing Highway 28 from four lanes to three and installing drainage facilities for water-quality improvements.

State Highway 28

·       Where: From Chipmunk Street to the junction of Highway 267 in Kings Beach

·       When: April – June 30 and Sept. 7 – Oct. 15 (no work on highway in July and August); project is expected to be completed in fall 2015

·      Estimated Total Project Cost: $36 million

·      Anticipated Lane Closures: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, off the road by noon Friday.

·       More information: www.kingsbeachcore.info 

Also, the Nevada Department of Transportation is reconstructing the Kingsbury Grade State Route 207 from the junction with Highway 50 to the summit just east of Tramway Drive. The grade will be closed to through traffic near the summit 24/7 from May 1-23 and after Labor Day to October, but businesses and residences will be accessible by detouring to Kingsbury Grade via U.S. 50 in Tahoe. Nighttime work will take place during the summer months of June, July and August, with flagger and other construction-related travel delays to be expected. For more information on NDOT's project, go to kingsburyproject.com.