Grading deadline draws near, Town construction projects near completion |

Grading deadline draws near, Town construction projects near completion

As the end of construction season approaches, town roadwork and delays will begin to cease, but as long as the weather stays dry, projects will still be underway.

Town of Truckee Engineer Dan Wilkins said most of the town’s overlay projects will be completed by Oct. 1.

Culvert replacement on Donner Pass Road will occur over the next couple of weeks, and pavement restoration projects will be underway during the first two weeks in October.

The deadline for major excavation projects is Oct. 15, but if the nice weather holds contractors will most likely request extensions. The Oct. 15 deadline – the grading deadline -was established by the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board.

“The last two years the weather has been delayed and we’ve been able to allow extensions,” Wilkins said. “But we never really know exactly what the weather will do.”

Williams Communications is almost finished with its fiber-optic installation work, he said. Southwest Gas will most likely try to extend their deadline for gas-line installations if the weather stays clear, he said.

“They’re currently on or ahead of schedule. If they get to go longer, they’ll just get that much further ahead,” Wilkins said.

Southwest Gas is working to get natural gas customers online -more than 7,000 area residents have requested the service.

The gas company began construction on a Truckee natural gas distribution system in 1996, and expects to have the system complete by 2003.

The town will also be doing some guardrail work on Donner Lake Road in October.

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