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Tahoe area commuters: Be prepared to wait this summer

Ryan Slabaugh
Sierra Sun

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TAHOE CITY ” When California Department of Transportation traffic manager John Holzhauser presented upcoming road projects at an area transit meeting Thursday morning at the Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City, it prompted a quip from the audience.

“Gosh, I don’t think we’ve missed a road this year,” one attendee said.

“Yep, we’ve got it covered,” Holzhauser replied.

Holzhauser’s visual aid confirms the joke. A map, still waiting for approval from the Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association, shows 17 major construction projects between Soda Springs on Interstate 80 west of Truckee and the South Shore on Echo Pass.

“We tried to get everything in here that could possibly cause delays and concerns,” Holzhauser said.

“There’s just enough room to add a couple more,” came another quip.

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All projects could begin as soon as next week, officials noted, in hopes of getting any road closures and delays completed before the busy July tourist season.

The map will be published as soon as it is finalized.

Highway 89

– Commuters between Truckee, Tahoe City and the West Shore can expect up to 30 minute delays on continued work this summer, similar to last, between Squaw Valley and Tahoe City.

– Two project on the West Shore could delay traffic up to 15 minutes this summer. One is in regards to the Transit Center parking space, while the other is related to the Gateway Monument.

Highway 267

– Motorists could be delayed up to 30 minutes while changes are made to Highway 267 at the intersection of Highway 28.

Nevada Highway 28

– The road will be closed between Sunday night at 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Friday mornings from May 3-22 near Spooner Summit.