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Trio of major North Lake Tahoe road construction projects begin next week

Kevin MacMillanSierra Sun

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. andamp;#8212; Nope, it’s not a joke. The orange cones will return en masse on Sunday, April Fool’s Day, as a trio of major road projects designed to improve both safety and Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity andamp;#8212; while also snarling traffic to the tune of likely half-hour delays andamp;#8212; get under way.According to the Bauserman Group andamp;#8212; a Reno-based communications firm hired to educate the public on the projects andamp;#8212; planned erosion control work between Incline Village and Crystal Bay on Highway 28, and from the Mt. Rose Summit to Incline on Highway 431, is designed to capture storm water runoff and filter out sediment before it reaches Lake Tahoe. The roundabout at the 28/431 intersection is aimed at improving safety while easing congestion during peak traffic periods.Qandamp;D Construction out of Sparks is the project’s contractor. Crews will work with the Nevada Department of Transportation on a 24-hour weekday work schedule, during the non-peak summer season, on portions of the project to ensure it is completed by October 2013, according to the Bauserman Group’s press materials, packaged under the brand andamp;#8220;orange today for a blue tomorrow.andamp;#8221;NDOT, the contractor and Bauserman are hosting a community meeting Thursday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m. at The Chateau to provide an overview of the construction plans and schedules, followed by a question-and-answer session.andamp;#8220;Our goal is to ensure that the community is informed and aware of everything that is going on in regard to this project,andamp;#8221; said Qandamp;D Construction Project Manager Brian Graham in a statement. andamp;#8220;We look forward to presenting the details of the projects and addressing all questions or concerns.andamp;#8221;

According to previous reports regarding the $5.6 million project along Highway 28 that began in 2011, officials said work could stretch out over another five years (finishing in 2016) if crews do not begin working at night.The schedule kicking off Sunday implements a 24-hour approach, according to the plan for all three projects. From April-June 2012, crews will work Sunday night until Friday, with rolling 24-hour lane restrictions; 20- to 30-minute delays for motorists are possible, officials said. No work will happen on weekends or holidays. This same schedule will be in place in September and October 2012, with all work weather-permitting.In July and August 2012 andamp;#8212; Tahoe’s peak summer months andamp;#8212; there will be no daytime lane restrictions, according to the plan.In 2013, the same schedule will be in place for the two erosion-control projects, but not for the roundabout, as the plan is for it to be finished this construction season, officials said.To help residents better understand the projects and the construction schedules, officials have created a website andamp;#8212; http://www.roadtoblue.com andamp;#8212; and they encourage comments to be emailed to contact@roadtoblue.com.According to previous reports about the Highway 28 project, residents dealt with considerable delays last year, including one day in September when drivers were stuck for 45 minutes in a traffic jam extending east as far as the Country Club Drive intersection.andamp;#8220;It wasn’t every day, but we did have some bad days last year,andamp;#8221; said Nevada Department of Transportation Spokesperson Sharon Foerschler in a previous story. andamp;#8220;I remember being screamed at by people as they crawled past in their cars.andamp;#8221;