INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — While locals have a plan to uproot overgrown layers of brush at the Incline Gateway roundabout, it’s unsure if the eyesore will be gone by July 4 Weekend.
Officially unveiled in 2012, the $2.4 million roundabout at the intersection of highways 431 and 28 was billed as public/private project. The Nevada Department of Transportation and the Tahoe Transportation District oversaw utility work and construction, while locals raised money for public artwork in its center, among other projects.
Part of the deal was for NDOT to conduct maintenance, including upkeep of vegetation, said Incline resident Don Kanare, chair of the Incline Gateway Committee.
“NDOT takes care of landscaping for all state highways, but they’ve been very backlogged and will not be able to get here in the near future,” Kanare said. “… They realized this year that with their manpower and budget levels, they’re just behind on highways throughout the state.”
Kanare said the committee applied for a special permit in early June to enter the highway property for landscaping.
Since, several species of weeds have grown around the circle and are covering most of the bronze statues of Tahoe-indigenous animals inside.
The committee raised thousands of private dollars to pay for and erect the statues created by local artist June Towill Brown.
“Some people have been making derogatory comments about the overgrown plants, but they don’t know all the facts and what is required for a group of private citizens to do in order to get a permit to work on NDOT property,” Kanare said in an email to the Bonanza.
NDOT and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office are supporting the permit, which would allow year-round access for the committee and its volunteers, Kanare said.
“We anticipate having it within next week to 10 days at the very latest,” he said Wednesday, adding that “it’s our fondest wish” to have the weeds eradicated by the Fourth of July. “As soon as we receive the permit, within two days, we’re going to be in there doing the work.”
To learn more about the Incline Gateway Committee or how donate, contact Kanare at firstname.lastname@example.org.