Costly Caltrans signs not quite operational |

Costly Caltrans signs not quite operational

Three electronic signs between Truckee and Tahoe City alerting drivers to road conditions should be working by the first of the year, according to Caltrans.

The $1.9 million project includes electronic message signs on Interstate 80 at the old agricultural inspection site, one near Cabin Creek Road on Highway 89 south and another on Highway 89 just north of Tahoe City. The signs will contain travel messages for the public, said Mark Dinger, Caltrans spokesman. They will also be connected to the Amber Alert System, a statewide alert system to inform drivers of abductions.

Although the I-80 and Cabin Creek signs have been erected, the sign near Tahoe City is being painted brown, which is a requirement of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for all signs in the basin.

Although the other two signs are in place, Dinger said they are not working. The goal is to have all the signs up and running at the same time.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency approved the Tahoe City sign in 2004, said

Jeff Cowen, TRPA community liaison. Cowen said sometimes TRPA allows exemptions from rules for signs, but that Caltrans was required to meet all TRPA requirements.

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