INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Road crews have adjusted their work schedule on the erosion control project on Highway 28 between Crystal Bay and Incline Village in an effort to maintain an aggressive timeframe that carries the goal of near-completion by this fall.Nevada Department of Transportation and Qandamp;D Construction crews this week began working again during the day on Highway 28. The tactic switches gears from a schedule change after the Fourth of July that stopped work typically from noon into the evening, a move made at the request of businesses near the casino corridor in Crystal Bay, according to previous reports.This week’s move back to day work was made after Qandamp;D received “a few complaints from neighbors about noise at night,” said Qandamp;D’s Chris Graham, who’s serving as project manager for the job.While there “may be a couple of isolated instances of night work,” Graham said crews will work mostly during the day until the end of the Lake Tahoe construction season, mandated as Oct. 15 by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.Crews will take a break Friday through Monday for Labor Day; next week, lane closures during the day will be intermittent through mid-October, Graham said, depending on workloads, meaning some weekdays will feature delays, while others won’t.Further, the one-lane stretch on Highway 28 in Crystal Bay heading west toward the casinos that’s had uneven bumps for about a mile the past two months will be repaved to a smooth surface by mid- to late-September, Graham said.The project will be nearly finished by the end of TRPA’s construction season, Graham said. Depending on weather in 2013, certain mop-up duties will be done to finalize the projects, none of which are expected to impact traffic.It’s refreshing news, Graham said, considering this spring officials worried the project would take until 2016 to complete if only day work was done.“None of it would have been possible without the cooperation of the community,” he said.According to previous reports, the erosion control work — along with a similar current project from the Mt. Rose Summit to Incline on Highway 431 — is designed to capture stormwater runoff and filter out sediment before it reaches Lake Tahoe.The Highway 431 project is ahead of schedule, Graham said, and will be finished by Oct. 15.Qandamp;D, based out of Sparks, is the contractor for both projects, as well as the roundabout nearing completion at the 28/431 intersection.Final paving for the roundabout is expected to happen mid- to late-September, Graham said, followed by clean-up and landscaping and the installation of yield signs; no traffic delays are expected.In all, 50,000 man hours have been spent on the three projects so far this summer, Graham said Tuesday; Qandamp;D and NDOT have had 60-70 people working every day.“There’s been a lot of really good coordination. Those guys deserve a pat on the back,” Graham said.
Highway 28 erosion control work moves back to day shifts
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