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Caltrans: State budget woes won’t affect snow removal service in Truckee/Tahoe

Jason Shueh
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The stateand#8217;s 2011-12 budget will not impact Tahoe-Truckee snow removal operations on Interstate 80, Highway 50 or any other Caltrans-serviced roads, an official confirmed Monday.

and#8220;Weand#8217;re going to keep Interstate 80 and Highway 50 open to the best of our ability, and we do have the resources available to keep those roads open,and#8221; said Mark Dinger, Caltrans spokesman for District 3 and#8212; representing Truckee-Tahoe.

Dinger said this snow season, as in previous seasons, road crews will be fully staffed with plow operators, mechanics and seasonal snow removal workers.

Despite the stateand#8217;s proposed $25 billion in budget cuts, only minor reductions for Caltrans in the areas of fleet sizes and cell phone usage will occur, Dinger said.

Since regional tourism and interstate traffic are heavily dependent on snow removal, Dinger said there has been no consideration of decreased services.

and#8220;As far as the budget goes, this is not a place where we can afford to make cuts,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Weand#8217;re going to bring whatever resources we have for that.and#8221;

Dinger added that no Caltrans projects in the area will be halted due to the state budget constraints.