Glenshire Drive set to close
The final phase of the Glenshire Bridge construction will require a 3-day closure of Glenshire Drive, probably during the week of Nov. 15, Town Engineer Dan Wilkins said.
“Basically, we’ll be tying in the new roadways with Glenshire Drive,” Wilkins said. “We’ll have to rip up the existing street and regrade it to tie it in. We will do work on the south side of the bridge this week. On the north end of the bridge, there’s much more of a transition to make, and in order to get it done, we need to close the road down.”
The schedule is very dependent on weather, Wilkins said.
“It looks promising, but you never know what it will do,” he said.
To get to and from Glenshire during the construction, drivers will have to use Interstate 80 and Hirschdale Road.
“It will most likely be closed Nov. 15 to 17,” Wilkins said. “If we see a bad weather forecast, we could shift it to the end of the week rather than the beginning.”
The town has to procure an addition permit extension from Lahontan in order to continue work on the bridge past Nov. 15. Normally, all dirtwork is halted after Oct. 15 around the Truckee and North Tahoe, under Lahontan regulations. The town is currently operating under a one-month extension, and is in the process of acquiring another one.
Wilkins said the bridge could open by Nov. 22, assuming that weather does not interfere with the schedule. “Work will not be entirely completed on the bridge by then, but traffic will be on the new bridge from then on,” Wilkins said.
Installation of the new traffic signal at Palisades Drive and Highway 267 is almost complete, and an official “first lighting” of the signal will take place Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m., Mayor Josh Susman said.
Wilkins said workers still have to erect the signal poles for the new light.
‘The wiring is being done now and all of the road and drainage work has been done,” Wilkins said.
Downtown storm drain construction
Downtown, crews are working to repair storm drains behind Commercial Row, upgrading an existing system which forced water to flow across several private properties.
“It is maintenance on an exiting storm drain system in conjunction with work done by Williams Communications,” Wilkins said. He explained that the town is taking advantage of the opportunity to do the repair work while Williams has trenches dug in the downtown area to install fiber optic lines.
“We are building from the outlet backwards, so that if bad weather prevents continuing the work, we can shut the job down for the winter and start again next spring,” he said. Work on the storm drains should be completed by Nov. 15, Wilkins said.
Meanwhile, across town work is wrapping up on various road projects, mostly patching places where Southwest Gas or Williams Communications removed asphalt to install gas lines or fiber optic conduit.
“Patching in Tahoe Donner is ongoing until the end of this week,” Wilkins said. “Next week, there will be patching work on Donner Pass Road along Donner Lake, as well as patching on Glenshire Drive.”
He said that Williams will do some patching on Glenshire Drive while the road is closed during the week of Nov. 15, to minimize the impact to drivers. Next summer, Williams will restore the roads it cut to like-new conditions, including a new 9-inch asphalt patch.
Next year, the company will also replace the top two inches of asphalt on the whole affected lane of Donner Pass Road from Donner Lake Market to Donner Lake Road.
Williams will also put a new slurry seal on Glenshire Drive for the entire length of the roadway.
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