Construction projects surround Truckee, Tahoe |

Construction projects surround Truckee, Tahoe

TAHOE CITY “- The message: Buy your oranges locally, and drive during the day.

Interstate 80 representatives spoke to transportation leaders Thursday at the Granlibakken in Tahoe City about a number of projects that will interrupt visitors and locals commuting to the Lake Tahoe region this summer

With a project on Interstate 80 near Gold Run west of Truckee is rerouting all traffic at night, another project between Floriston and the Nevada state line slowing traffic east of Truckee, Highway 28 near Incline Village closed frequently in May, and the inspection station near the stateline being more aggressive in stopping traffic to inspect citrus for fruit flies, it could have business owners sweating in an already challenging economy.

“The road needs fixed,” said Transportation Management Association Board President Steve Teshara. “There’s nothing we can do about that.”

Locals and visitors are encouraged to avoid the I-80 detour in western Nevada County at nights, and local business owners and lodging managers were encouraged to communicate to their clients about the construction projects and detours.

NOTE: The Tahoe Area Regional Transportation/BlueGo West Shore connection that had been called the Emerald Bay Exchange will now be in Tahoma. It will be hourly, starting May 23. Transfers will be free.

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