Roadwork Resumes on Lake Tahoe Highways to Improve Lake Clarity and Safety
4/15/2015
Contact: Steve Nelson - steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov
Phone: (530) 741-4566 office, (530) 701-9459 cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Roadwork Resumes on Lake Tahoe Highways to Improve Lake Clarity and Safety

TAHOE BASIN – Four Caltrans highway water-quality improvement projects will be under construction this season on State Highway 89 around Lake Tahoe.

Part of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP), these projects are designed to build new drainage systems – allowing roadway runoff to be directed to treatment collection facilities rather than directly into Lake Tahoe and its tributary waterways. Other project benefits include safety improvements such as wider shoulders, new left-turn pockets and new sidewalks
in some locations. The roadways will also be repaved.
Caltrans' EIP projects in construction this season include:

State Highway 89
• Where: Wilson Street in Tahoma to Tahoe City "Y" (Homewood to Ward Creek this
season)
• When: April – October; project expected to finish in fall 2016
• Estimated Total Project Cost: $70.1 million
• Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season (after Labor Day-June 12): around the clock
from 10 p.m. Sunday until noon Friday. Peak season (June 15 to Labor Day): around the
clock from 10 p.m. Sunday until 10 a.m. Friday. Up to 20-minute delays.

• Where: Meeks Creek to Wilson Avenue in Tahoma
• When: April – October; project expected to be completed this season
• Estimated Total Project Cost: $8 million
• Off-peak season (after Labor Day - June 12): around the clock from 7 p.m. Sunday until
11 a.m. Friday. Peak season (June 15 - Labor Day): around the clock from 9 p.m.
Sunday until 11 a.m. Friday. Up to 10-minute delays.

• Where: 0.1 mile north of Eagle Falls Sidehill Viaduct #5 to Meeks Creek Bridge
(southern half of the project to be constructed this season)
• When: April – October; project expected to be completed this fall
• Estimated Total Project Cost: $20 million
• Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season (after Labor Day to June 12): Monday
through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. No lane closures after 11 a.m. Friday. Peak season
(June 15 to Labor Day): Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Up to 20-minute
delays.

• Where: South Lake Tahoe "Y" to Cascade Road, north of Camp Richardson
• When: April – October; project expected to be complete by 2017
• Estimated Total Project Cost: $25 million
• Anticipated Lane Closures: Off-peak season (after Labor Day to Memorial Day) around
the clock from 10 p.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Friday; Peak season: (Memorial Day to Labor
Day): 9 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday (day
work to be allowed in a portion of the four-lane section of the highway). Up to 20-minute
delays.

In addition to the Caltrans projects, Placer County's Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Program continues construction this season. The streetscape project includes
reducing Highway 28 from four lanes to three, adding curb, gutter and sidewalks 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 to June 30 and after Labor Day to October (no work on highway in July and
August); project is expected to be completed this fall
• Estimated Total Project Cost: $50 million
• Anticipated Lane Closures: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, off the road by
noon Friday.
• More information: www.kingsbeachcore.info

In addition to Caltrans' EIP projects, sections of Highways 28 and 267 will be repaved this season. The work on Highway 28 is from Sierra Terrace Road to Carnelian Bay and then from Park Lane to the Nevada state line. Highway 267 will be repaved from the Nevada County line
to Brockway Summit. Work will occur at night later this season when temperatures allow.

Other work that will intermittingly impact highway traffic this season include the town of Truckee's "Mousehole" project to build a pedestrian tunnel adjacent to Highway 89, and a Placer County project building a new bridge on Alpine Road and adding a signal at the Highway
89 intersection.

See the attached map for a complete list of projects in the Truckee/Tahoe area this season.