NDOT proposes night work to get Highway 28 project done by 2014 | SierraSun.com

NDOT proposes night work to get Highway 28 project done by 2014

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; The seasonal road construction project on Highway 28 between Incline Village and Crystal Bay could stretch out over another five years if crews do not begin working at night, officials said.Nevada Department of Transportation spokespeople Sharon Foerschler and Thor Dyson made the announcement at last week’s Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association meeting in Tahoe City, saying the department is lobbying for permission from the community to work night and day shifts on the $5.6 million erosion control project.The trade-off is clear, Foerschler and Dyson said andamp;#8212; two construction seasons of disruption during day and night or five construction seasons of daytime-only noise and delays.The Highway 28 project, aimed at reducing the amount of sediment flowing into Lake Tahoe, was originally slated for completion in 2014, according to previous reports, but snow conditions and a decision to not work during high-tourism months truncated last year’s construction season.Night work, Foerschler and Dyson hope, will allow crews to finish the project by early 2014, weather-permitting.NDOT and Qandamp;D Construction andamp;#8212; the project’s contractor, out of Sparks andamp;#8212; plan to hire a public relations firm to help get the word out and address complaints and concerns from residents who live along the winding, two-lane road.The largest impediment, Foerschler said, is that noise from back-up alarms and other construction vehicles exceed Tahoe Regional Planning Agency thresholds.TRPA has said it will consider permitting the plan if NDOT can gather public support for the move, TRPA spokesman Jeff Cowen said Thursday.Last week, TMA members gave the transportation department the thumbs up to proceed with night work after discussing the issue at length.andamp;#8220;If we can just suffer a little bit, we can get through it,andamp;#8221; Dyson told the association. andamp;#8220;I can tell you as district engineer, there are certain areas I hate working in.andamp;#8221;According to previous reports, residents dealt with considerable delays during last year’s portion of the project, including one day in September when drivers were stuck for 45 minutes in a traffic jam extending east as far as the Country Club Drive intersection on Highway 28.andamp;#8220;It wasn’t every day, but we did have some bad days last year,andamp;#8221; Foerschler said last week. andamp;#8220;I remember being screamed at by people as they crawled past in their cars.andamp;#8221;