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Workshop set to discuss Kingvale plans

ANNE GROGAN, Sierra Sun

Caltrans will host a public workshop on Friday, April 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. to discuss the planned diversion of interstate traffic onto Old Highway 40.

As part of a $950 million Interstate 80 improvement plan, Caltrans will rehabilitate 10 miles of interstate roadway on Donner Summit as part of what it calls the Kingvale Project. The rehabilitation project’s traffic diversion will be completed in two phases.

The project proposes to resurface the roadway, ramps and shoulders, replace the guardrails, install overhead signs and changeable message signs, and replace lighting at chain control areas, and install fiber-optic conduit along the shoulder.

To expedite construction, Caltrans will divert all eastbound interstate traffic onto Old Highway 40 at Soda Springs during the first phase of the mainline paving operation of the project. The diverted interstate traffic will travel three miles along the rural road to reenter the freeway at the Kingvale eastbound on-ramp. Caltrans expects the Phase I diversion to last 20 working days (4 weeks).

During Phase II of mainline paving, eastbound traffic will be diverted off the interstate at Kingvale, where it will travel 3 three miles east to Rainbow Road and reenter the freeway at that on-ramp. Phase II is expected to last 15 working days, a Caltrans press release said.

From Monday through Thursday, traffic diversion will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic will be diverted on Fridays from 6 a.m. until 3 p.m. and no weekend or holiday diversions will occur.

Kingvale Project shoulder work, which will result in a right-lane closure, is tentatively scheduled to begin the last week of April. The Kingvale Project’s interstate rehabilitation work is tentatively scheduled to begin May 15 with project completion scheduled for September.

In response to public concerns and input at earlier meetings, Caltrans has arranged a California Highway Patrol school bus escort through the areas of traffic diversion, as well as CHP school zone speed enforcement. A Caltrans radar trailer will display vehicular speed of detour traffic, which will be expected to travel at the reduced detour speed limit of 35 mph.

The workshop Friday will be held at the Kingvale Maintenance Station at 51121 Donner Pass Road. From Truckee, take the Kingvale exit and turn right. At the end of the road, turn right again and continue to the driveway on the right.


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