Blasting on I-80 planned this week |

Blasting on I-80 planned this week

Caltrans has big plans for Interstate 80 this summer, along with projects on Highways 89, 267, and 28.

The stretch of I-80 crossing Donner Summit, built in the 1960s, will receive its first major overhaul, as Caltrans resurfaces the deep grooves, replaces old bridges, widens lanes and improves drainage. Local highways will also receive drainage work, widening and other maintenance.

“I-80 has been a workhorse since the ’50s and ’60s, and now it needs a face-lift,” said Caltrans spokesperson Shelly Chernicki.

Work begins this week on a 3.6-mile stretch of I-80 between Soda Springs and Castle Peak, and will continue through the fall of 2009.

The project involves resurfacing, widening in places, replacing drainage features and biggest of all ” the replacement of the two bridges at Castle Peak, Chernicki said.

Bridge replacement will involve the construction of a “cross-over” to move traffic to the bridge not being replaced, and will require blasting between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

According to a Caltrans release, the blasting work will cause 20- to 25-minute delays, but only one detonation will be allowed per day.

Once the cross-over is completed later this year, Caltrans will replace the westbound bridge in 2008 and the eastbound segment in 2009, Chernicki said.

Scheduled for 2008, resurfacing, widening and drainage work will take place between the east Donner Lake undercrossing to the West Truckee undercrossing.

Caltrans is also planning similar work in the Emigrant Gap area on I-80, Chernicki said.

Beginning in mid-June, from Chipmunk Street in Kings Beach to the state line, Caltrans will be working on water-quality projects, lighting improvements, some road widening and some left-turn lane improvements, Chernicki said.

Later this summer, Caltrans will tackle work on Highway 28 from Tahoe State Park to the junction with Highway 267, and again from Chipmunk Road to the state line, improving turn lanes, widening the road, installing drainage and lighting fixtures.

Work continues on the pedestrian signal at the south end of Fanny Bridge, but the signal itself has been activated, Chernicki said.

Later this summer an environmental improvement project to enhance drainage, widen shoulders, and repave the road surface near Tahoe City will start, possibly continuing next construction season.

Also on Highway 89 near the Goose Meadows Campground, Caltrans will remove slide material from the road, she said.

Starting this week, a water-quality improvement project just south of Brockway summit will be under way, Chernicki said. Workers will construct a pilot project involving a hold-and-release detention basin.

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