Tahoe/Truckee’s State Route 267: ‘It’s horrible, of course’ | SierraSun.com

Tahoe/Truckee’s State Route 267: ‘It’s horrible, of course’

Matt Welch
Sierra Sun

Matt Welch/Sierra SunA car drives on California Route 267 Tuesday afternoon. The path connecting Kings Beach and Truckee is marked by potholes and cracks.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The bumpy ride to work takes Keith Rutherford to another place each day: Mexico.

and#8220;I felt like I was driving in TJ (Tijuana, Mexico),and#8221; said Rutherford, a Kings Beach resident who once lived in San Diego. and#8220;Itand#8217;s horrible, of course.and#8221;

California Route 267 stretches 13 miles from Kings Beach to Truckee, and many locals like Rutherford see it as a problematic, potholed mess.

Upcoming California Department of Transportation plans include and#8220;remove and replace workand#8221; for a portion of the road this spring, said Deanna Shoopman, Caltrans Tahoe Basin public outreach officer. The section of 267 from Northstar Drive to the summit will undergo the asphalt-patching work, Shoopman said, and the only other project planned for this year deals with drainage at the intersection of 267 and Stewart Way in Kings Beach.

Rutherford, who commutes to Northstar-at-Tahoe resort, said he feels the bumps and holes in the road each day.

and#8220;I drive an older car, and it seems like itand#8217;s rattling my car apart,and#8221; he said.

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In the summertime, Rutherford drives his motorcycle and#8212; and he goes out of his way to avoid 267 if at all possible.

and#8220;Iand#8217;ve made it a point to drive (California Route) 89 toward Squaw Valley over to Truckee,and#8221; Rutherford said.

Caltransand#8217; website lists five current construction projects and five proposed projects in District 3 and#8212; an 11-county area in Northern California that includes Placer and Nevada counties. None of those listed projects includes 267.

The planning process for road pavement, renovation and construction usually takes a number of years, because permits, case studies and environmental papers need to be completed, Shoopman said.

and#8220;They have to be planned a couple years in advance for a repave job,and#8221; she said.

Lena Decrescenzo, a Truckee resident who works in ski rentals at Northstar, said she doesnand#8217;t remember any previous construction on 267, but now is the time.

and#8220;Iand#8217;ve driven it like my whole life,and#8221; Decrescenzo said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s definitely got a lot of cracks and potholes.and#8221;

The southbound passing lane area near the Brockway summit, too, is something Decrescenzo said needs updating, or at least a new paint job.

and#8220;Most people donand#8217;t know itand#8217;s a passing lane,and#8221; she said.

The Rev. Kathryn Dunning, pastor at Kings Beach United Methodist Church, said she travels the road three to five times a week to Truckee, but she hasnand#8217;t noticed any problems with the road condition. If there are potholes, Dunning said she must do a good job at avoiding them.

and#8220;A friend recently said and#8216;itand#8217;s terrible, itand#8217;s the worst itand#8217;s ever been,and#8217; and I said and#8216;really?and#8217;and#8221; Dunning said. and#8220;Itand#8217;s not catching my attention that itand#8217;s in bad condition.and#8221;

Truckee resident Steve Gallion, a coworker of Decrescenzoand#8217;s, said the state should fill the roadand#8217;s potholes and#8212; just not during ski season when the road gets the most use.

and#8220;That road sees a ridiculous amount of cars every day,and#8221; he said. and#8220;Thousands of cars.and#8221;