Caltrans: $70 million Lake Tahoe road project to extend into 2017 |

Caltrans: $70 million Lake Tahoe road project to extend into 2017

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Motorists can expect to see orange this summer.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Construction work on the Highway 89 project along Lake Tahoe’s West Shore this week moved to an overnight schedule and will remain so for the next several weeks during the peak summer season, Caltrans announced Wednesday.

Following the Fourth of July holiday break, crews began working a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift during the week, and 10 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Monday. That schedule is expected to continue until August 15, according to Caldrons.

Work is currently ongoing in two locations, between Ward Creek and Sugar Pine Road on the south, end and from Pine Avenue to Cathedral Drive on the north end.

The multi-year, $70.1 million project from Tahoma to just north of Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City is upgrading storm water drainage and treatment systems, adding curb and gutter, resurfacing and realigning the road, adding some new left-turn pockets and widening the shoulders on an eight-mile stretch of the highway.

It’s part of the multi-agency Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program — headed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency — to help preserve and protect Lake Tahoe by reducing the amount of sediment that filters into the lake, among other measures.

Further, while completion of the project was originally targeted for the end of this season, Caltrans this week reported that some work will extend into 2017.

Residents can visit to learn more about the project, as well as other projects in the Tahoe area.