Kingsbury Grade repairs likely to slow traffic on Carson Valley side
May 2, 2017
Repairs to Kingsbury Grade are expected to cause brief travel delays now through June, the Nevada Department of Transportation announced Monday.
Following a brutal winter that exacerbated issues and caused multiple closures of Kingsbury Grade (Nevada Route 207) earlier this year, NDOT will be removing debris from eroded roadside slopes and drainages.
As a result, drivers should anticipate travel delays averaging less than five minutes Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Carson Valley side of the highway between the summit and junction with Nevada Route 206.
Crews will remove loose dirt and debris that has fallen to the roadside from roughly 15 roadside slopes, according to NDOT. Approximately 60 feet of concrete barrier rail will be added at the bottom of one of the slopes to reduce erosion onto the roadway.
Delays could be up to 30 minutes during major rock removal.
Drivers should also anticipate lane and road closures for additional roadway improvements, including replacing roadway drainage pipes and other roadside slope repairs.
The relentless winter that dumped feet of snow across the Sierra Nevada and pushed Lake Tahoe above its natural rim took a toll on area roads including Kingsbury Grade. The highway closed for three days in early January after a sinkhole developed and worsened to the point that it required repairs. Heavy rain forced Kingsbury to close several days later.
The road closed for a day in April due to mud and rock slides.
According to NDOT, the section of road is traveled by approximately 5,600 vehicles daily.
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