Road work starts in Tahoe City Monday |

Road work starts in Tahoe City Monday

Sun staff report

Caltrans announced the start of a three-year, $46-million drainage reconstruction and environmental improvement project on Highway 28 east of Tahoe City.

The project includes reconstruction of underground drainage systems to collect roadway storm water runoff for treatment that will meet state-of-the-art requirements to preserve, restore, and enhance the environment of the Lake Tahoe region. New features include soil conservation systems, infiltration basins and specially designed underground sand traps and collection vaults.

Construction is scheduled to begin at midnight on Monday, Aug. 18 east of Tahoe City to Dollar Hill, near Old Country Road until Oct. 15.

Most of the traffic-interfering work will be performed at night between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Delays up to 20 minutes can be expected during the nighttime work. Daytime work will be done on the shoulders and behind concrete barriers. Roadside message boards will be used to alert motorists of traffic controls.

This is the first part of a drainage, water quality and highway improvement project covering 9.4 miles on State Highway 28 from Tahoe City to Kings Beach.

The prime contractor on this project is Diablo Contractors of San Ramon, Calif. Completion is expected in 2011.