Margaret Moran

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December 31, 2013
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Tahoe City traffic controls aim to reduce winter congestion

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — Drivers in Tahoe City will be seeing a lot of orange this winter season.

As part of a traffic control measure during busy ski traffic times, cones will be set up on highways 89 and 28 through Tahoe City on select days, converting the center turn lane into an eastbound lane.

“(It’s) to try to alleviate traffic congestion through Tahoe City’s ‘Wye’ and Tahoe City when ski resorts let out for the day,” explained Ron Treabess, director of community partnerships and planning for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association.

From 3-6 p.m., cones will stretch roughly from the Pfeifer House at 760 River Road to Grove Street on the following days:

Jan. 1-4, 2014

Every Saturday between Jan. 11 and March 29

Sundays, Jan. 19 and Feb. 16

Friday, Feb. 21

Any of these days are subject to cancelation based on minimal traffic conditions and weather, Treabess said.

The project’s contractor — Sparks, Nev.-based Silver State Barricade & Sign — will be paid for days of service, he said.

Based on past years, this year’s traffic control measure is expected to cost between $20,000 and $30,000, with funding coming from Placer Country Transient Occupancy Tax. TOT funds are generated by visitors staying in short-term area lodging accommodations.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 31, 2013 04:54PM Published Dec 31, 2013 02:22PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.