Summer roadwork returns to Tahoe
The good news is Tahoe’s roads will improve. The bad news is residents and visitors can look forward to another summer of road work delays around the lake.
Representatives from both the California and Nevada transportation agencies attended a North Tahoe Regional Advisory Council meeting April 15 in an effort to make the public more informed about summer road work.
The Truckee/North Tahoe Transportation Management Association has set up a number of meetings so the public can be informed about summer road work.
Last summer there were complaints that there wasn’t enough public notice about some of the road construction. Motorists were often stuck in up to 30 minute delays because of road work at Crystal Bay on State Route 28 and on Highway 267.
Some of the main projects that will affect traffic include: completion of the Crystal Bay Beautification Project in the casino corridor, repaving the State Route 28 from Crystal Bay to Incline Village, repaving State Route 431 and drainage improvements on the corner of highways 267 and 28.
Other projects on the North, East and West shores include: urban improvements near Tahoe City, roadway rehabilitation to Nevada Stateline, roadway widening near Highway 89, drainage improvements near Burton Creek, drainage improvements near Snow Creek, pavement improvements from Stateline to Spooner, and pavement improvements near the intersection of state routes 28 and 50.
Much of the paving from Crystal Bay to Incline Village will be done at night, according to Reid Kaiser of the Nevada Department of Transportation.
“The last time we had Caltrans here citizens were kind of irate. They didn’t know what these projects were going to do for the area,” said Jack Shumate, Kings Beach advisory council member. “You need to communicate more with the newspapers. People thought the project was going to widen the road and it was actually for erosion control.”
Mark Calhoun, Tahoe City representative on the board, said it seems like there have been more pot holes in the road this year.
“When there’s more weather, more snow, more chain controls, you’re going to have more wear,” said Robert Burton, resident engineer for Caltrans. “If you went through the winter with no chain controls the roads would be fine.”
Kings Beach representative Bob McCormick asked road officials why Nevada roads were in better shape than California roads.
“We get a lot grants in Nevada,” Kaiser said. “Casinos drive Nevada and when they start getting complaints about the roads they want them fixed.”
Caltrans will be distributing a coordinated basin wide color roadwork map and companion schedule by mid-May. Anyone interested in receiving a copy should contact Jennifer Merchant at (530) 581-3922.
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