Summer road construction busy in the Basin |

Summer road construction busy in the Basin

All the tractors, trucks and concrete barriers may have been off the road over the holiday weekend, but first thing Tuesday morning they’ll be back at work.

There are 15 road construction projects underway this summer in the Tahoe Basin, more than half of which are large-scale operations that will delay motorists until mid-October.

Possibly the biggest and most extensive construction project of the summer work season is the replacement of nearly four miles of sewer pipeline between Incline Village and Sand Harbor.

As of Friday morning, crews had installed more than 7,500 feet of pipeline and repaired and repaved the roadway.

Kings Beach-based Burdick Excavating has until June 29 to complete the project, with the possibility of returning in September if crews encounter large amounts of rock over the next five weeks.

The other major project on the North Shore is the repaving of State Route 28, nearly finished, and State Route 431, slated to take the rest of the summer. Unlike the repaving through Incline Village, which was done at night, the paving on 431 will take place during the day ” and will cause delays at maximum of 30 minutes.

On Brockway Summit, Caltrans has a water-quality improvement project set to start in mid-July and finish up in October.

“We’re not anticipating any big delays because most of the work will be on the side of the roadway and our crews are usually off the road by noon,” said Caltrans spokesman Mark Dinger.

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