TAHOE CITY, Calif. — An effort to help protect lake water quality combined with roadway improvements along Highway 89 on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore is expected to take a total of five construction seasons to complete.
The projects, a collaboration between Caltrans and Southwest Gas from Tahoma to Tahoe City, started last year and will go until October 2016, according to a Caltrans press release.
Work on the project was set to resume this week, weather permitting. Southwest Gas and its contractors will be relocating and replacing natural gas lines from Pine Street in Tahoma to Timberland Lane in Tahoe City this year, while Caltrans will install nine sand vaults between the Placer County line and Madden Creek.
Motorists can expect one-way traffic controls at various locations on Highway 89, day and night, through the construction areas, with up to 20-minute delays. There will be no lane closures on weekends and holidays.
Southwest Gas work will continue and finish in 2014, while Caltrans road improvements will begin that spring. Road improvements include: highway resurfacing; road realignment; widening of shoulders; lengthening existing left turn pockets and continuous left turn lanes; and new left turn lanes at Gray Avenue, Moana Circle, McKinney Rubicon Springs Road, Ward Avenue, Sunnyside Lane, Olympic Drive (north), Granlibakken Road, and an entrance to the Tahoe City Transit Center at 64 acres.
This is a $34 million project and is funded by federal stormwater improvement money, according to Caltrans.
Additional information on this and other Caltrans projects in the Tahoe Basin can be found at www.TahoeRoads.com. For updates on Southwest Gas work, go to www.swgasliving.com/construction or call 1-800-835-6260.