Unlucky 13? Tahoe road projects you need to be aware of this summer

Margaret Moran
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE — Similar to last construction season, this year will be a busy one with 13 highway projects slated in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin this summer.

While construction season within the basin is typically between May 1 and Oct. 15, one project is already under way, and two others are anticipated to start next week, weather permitting.

“We are making important transportation improvements to keep Tahoe and the entire region more connected, safe and environmentally sustainable, and we want to remind all drivers to drive safely in road work zones as we enhance state roads,” said Meg Ragonese, of the Nevada Department of Transportation. “By slowing down, always buckling up and focusing on the road, drivers can help keep themselves, other drivers and road workers safe in road work zones.”

Motorists are also advised to allow for additional travel time as delays are anticipated through construction zones.

Below is a summary of planned projects, broken down by location. Of note, there are no plans this summer for major work on Highway 267 in California, according to Caltrans:

Highway 431

1: Safety enhancement work to the runaway truck ramp on the westbound side of the highway in Incline Village, near the roundabout, is anticipated from May 2 to mid-October. Periodic, short-term shoulder and lane closures will occur, primarily Monday through Friday. Up to 20-minute delays possible. During construction, truck traffic will not be allowed on Mt. Rose Highway.

Highway 28

2: Construction of a roughly 3-mile off-highway shared-use biking/walking path from the south end of Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park to enhance public safety could start as early as this fall. Other work includes construction of two new parking areas, emergency turnouts and water quality improvements. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

3: Work to complete the Kings Beach “Core of the Core” project that consists of streetscape and water quality improvements is expected to start April 18 along the highway. Phase 2, the final phase, dubbed “Gateway to the Core,” will kick off and should also wrap up this season. Similar to previous seasons, highway work will be done between April and June and after Labor Day into October. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

Highway 89

4: The Highway 89/Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project that consists of replacing the Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City, realigning Highway 89 and installing three roundabouts will kick off sometime this summer. Work this first season for the anticipated two-season project includes the Highway 89 realignment, which adds a two-lane bypass through the 64 Acres lot in National Forest System land, and the installation of the two roundabouts at either end. During construction, traffic will continue using the existing Highway 28 and 89 alignment. Specific delays are unknown at this time.

5: From either late May or early June to August, paving will be done from 0.5 miles north of the Highway 28 junction in Tahoe City to 0.1 mile north of Alpine Meadows Road. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

6: Work on the railroad undercrossing adjacent of the existing Mousehole tunnel in the town of Truckee is planned from May into July. Delays will be intermittent, up to 10 minutes possible.

7: From Wilson Avenue to Granlibakken Road, water quality improvements, road widening and paving will start the week of April 18 and into October. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

8: From now until May, drainage improvements and paving will be completed from Meeks Creek to Wilson Avenue in Tahoma. Up to 10-minute delays possible.

9: From Fawn Street to Cherry Street in Homewood a multi-use path will be constructed, linking to an exiting trail, from May to August. Delays will be intermittent during the day, up to 5 minutes.

10: At Emerald Bay, drainage improvements and paving will be performed from May through October. Up to 20-minute delays possible. However, in September after Labor Day the highway is anticipated to be closed at the switchback section from north of Cascade Road on the south side to Inspiration Point for up to two weeks, Monday through Friday, with it opening 4 to 8 p.m. daily for traffic. Vehicles will be rerouted around the lake on the east side using highways 28 and 50.

11: From the Highway 89/50 “Y” intersection in South Lake Tahoe to Cascade Road, drainage improvements, sidewalks and road widening, and paving will be done from May to October. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

Highway 50

12: From the Highway 50/89 “Y” intersection in South Lake Tahoe to Trout Creek Bridge, utility relocation work will be preformed intermittently from May into October in preparation for a future road project. Up to 10-minute delays possible.

13: From Cave Rock to the Highway 28 Spooner junction, extension of the westbound tunnel entrance, tunnel safety improvements, water quality improvements and paving will be done from May 2 through mid-October. During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction through the eastbound Cave Rock tunnel, with reduced speed limits. Periodic, short-term lane closures will also take place on 50 north of Cave Rock. Up to 20-minute delays possible.

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