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North Tahoe highway overhaul to begin next April

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — With funding and easements secured and a contract soon to follow, construction of the Kings Beach "Core of the Core" project should begin in April. When work begins, the contractor must follow parameters created by Placer County in response to business-owner concerns, said Peter Kraatz, Placer County Department of Public Works deputy director. Since July and August are Tahoe's busiest months, the contractor cannot build the new sidewalk in front of businesses during that time, and existing paved paths must be maintained to allow patron access. The contractor will be allowed to build drainage improvements on Highway 28 during the peak season, however — otherwise, work would extend over multiple construction seasons, Kraatz said. Projects within the $24 million Core of the Core — expected to take two construction seasons, if not three — include: • Streetscape improvements from Secline Street to the Minnow parking lot entrance, including Highway 28 resizing, installation of roundabouts and creation of bike lanes. • Bike lanes and roadway striping from Highway 267 to Chipmunk Street. • Five of seven storm drain systems/crossings. • Three of four remaining satellite parking lots and 103 on-street parking spaces, totaling 211 of 220 permanent spaces. • An additional 13 speed humps, mostly located in The Grid. • Improved transit facilities and bus shelters. The work will likely take place during weekday daylight hours, Kraatz said, in consideration of nearby residents. The highway will remain open during construction, likely allowing one-lane traffic in each direction. A construction contract could be awarded at the Oct. 21 Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting. An additional $10 million is needed to build elements for Phase 2 of the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, including: • Highway and drainage improvements from Secline Street to Highway 267. • Highway and drainage improvements from the entrance of the Minnow parking lot to Chipmunk Street. • Portions of sidewalk and traffic calming measures within The Grid. • A future parking lot. "We're pretty confident we'll find the money," said Kraatz, adding that a potential source is the State Transportation Improvement Program. Phase 2 could start either during Core of the Core construction or afterward, he said. Completion of both phases is not expected until at least 2017.

North Tahoe highway overhaul named ‘Project of the Year’

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Placer County's Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project recently was honored with the 2015 Project of the Year award by the Sacramento chapter of the American Public Works Association. The $50 million overhaul of the 1.1-mile section of Highway 28 through town — as well as upgrading the adjacent "Grid" residential neighborhood into a "more environmentally friendly and walkable community," according to the county — kicked off last summer, and is expected to fully wrap in 2016. The APWA award was for the "complete street transportation" category. According to Placer County, the association recognizes public works projects "demonstrating excellence in management, administration, design, construction and community relations, as well as the alliance among the managing agency and the consultants, engineers and contractor who work on the project." The county heralded the award in a July 22 news release, a few days after announcing in a project update to the community that both Highway 28 roundabouts built last year as part of the project's first phase required $250,000 in additional work due to an oversight in their construction. According to a July 22 Sierra Sun story, Placer County and Caltrans will split the cost to overhaul the islands leading into the roundabouts to prevent snowplows from hitting curbs, which occurred last winter and damaged at least one state plow. In the story, Placer County and Caltrans officials stressed pedestrian and vehicle safety within the roundabouts — which were designed by Placer County and approved by Caltrans — is not an issue. Officials said the construction oversight was due to a combination of the Kings Beach circles being smaller than most in the state, and an inability to know how well snowplows could navigate them in the snow without a real-life trial. Aside from creating two roundabouts and changing Highway 28 in town from four lanes to three, the Commercial Core project includes water-quality improvements to help preserve Lake Tahoe's clarity; installation of sidewalks and bicycle lanes; and other aesthetic upgrades like benches, landscaping and decorative lights. "I appreciate all the perseverance and hard work public works did to get this project into the construction phase," Placer County District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, whose district includes Kings Beach, said in a statement. "While the focus has always been to improve both the lake and Kings Beach and the economic benefits that flow from those accomplishments, I congratulate public works staff and I'm proud that their efforts have earned the recognition of their peers." The award will be presented to the county's public works staff at an awards ceremony in August.

Trooper sentenced in crash that killed 4

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A former Nevada state trooper was sentenced Tuesday to two to 12 years in state prison for an on-duty crash that killed four Mexican immigrants and badly injured a pregnant teen. Joshua Corcran, 28, pleaded guilty in June to five counts of felony reckless driving in the Feb. 19 crash. He did not stand trial. Authorities said Corcran was speeding at 113 mph and not on an emergency call when his Nevada Highway Patrol cruiser slammed into the back of a Cadillac traveling 52 mph on Interstate 15 just south of Las Vegas. The speed limit was 65 mph.

Chains and snowtires required throughout the Sierra as storm blows in

A strong winter storm in the region has affected roads throughout the Sierra and in the valleys. This report is as of 4:22 this afternoon. Call Caltrans at (800) 427-7623 for more information and the current road conditions. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 47 miles between 4 miles east of Placerville to Meyers. Chains or snows required for 24 miles between Junction of State Route 89 and 3 miles west of junction of Highway 395 in Carson City. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 4 miles between Colfax and Truckee. Snowtires or chains required, high wind warning: campers and trailers are prohibited through the Washoe Valley. Chains or snows required for 16 miles between Highway 50 and the California state line. Snowtires or chains required for 4 miles between 4 miles north of Tahoe City and the Tahoe City limits. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 38 miles between Dew Drop, Calif., and 7 miles west of State Route 89 at Picketts Junction. Road closed due to avalanche control for 8 miles between 3 miles north of Highway 50 and Bliss State Park. Snowtires or chains required for 9 miles between Tahoma and State Route 28 at Tahoe City. Snowtires or chains required for 8 miles between 5 miles north of Junction California State Route 28 at Tahoe City and Interstate 80 at Truckee. Snowtires or chains required for 16 miles between 15 miles north of Truckee and 7 miles north of Calpine. Chains or snowtires required from Stateline at Highway 50 to State Route 206 in the Carson Valley. Snowtires or chains required for 17 miles between Junction State Route 28 and 7.5 miles south of Highway 395. Snowtires or chains required for 6.7 miles between Northstar and Junction California 28 at Kings Beach.

Chains or snowtires required along most Sierra routes

Here is the latest chain control and snowtire restrictions as of 6:35 this morning. Conditions are slick and it is snowing throughout much of the Sierra. For the very latest go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ or visit safetravelusa.com, or call (800) 427-7623. Chains mandatory from Placerville to Kyburze and Kyburz over Echo Summit to the hunction of State Route 89. Snowtires or chains are required over Spooner Summit to Carson City. Chains or snowtires required between California state line and the junction of Highway 50. Chains or snowtires required between Carson City, through Washoe Valley to Washoe Hill south of Reno. Chains or snows required for 11 miles between Stateline at Highway 50 and junction of State Route 206. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 14 miles between Kingvale exit and 2 miles west of Truckee. Snowtires or chains required for 1 miles between California state line and 1 mile east of California state line. Snowtires or chains required for 27 miles between Highway 50 and Tahoe City. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 25 miles between Silver Lake, Calif. and Woodfords. Snowtires or chains required for 8 miles between California state line and junction of Highway 395. Chains or snows required for two miles between Bliss State Park and two miles north of Bliss State Park. Mandatory chains for 14 miles north of Bliss State Park and the junction of State Route 28 at Tahoe City. Snowtires or chains required for 18 miles between junction of State Route 28 at Tahoe City and 5 miles north of Truckee. Chains or snows required for 9 miles between Truckee and Sattley. Snows or chains required for 7 miles between Calpine, Calif and 7 miles north of Calpine. Chains or snows required for 22 miles between junction of State Route 28 and the junction of Highway 395. Chains or snowtires required for 13 miles between the junction at Interstate 80 and the junction of state Route 28 at Kings Beach.

Wednesday morning road report

A blast of winter has moved into Lake Tahoe this morning with heavy snow that is sticking to the asphalt and causing road and chain requirements throughout the basin. The following roads have controls as of 7:30 this morning: I-80 – Chains mandatory for 31.44 miles between Nyack California Exit 156 and 1.76 miles west of Truckee California Exit 188A. Highway 50: Chains mandatory for 18.07 miles between 3.49 miles east of Kyburz California and 4.1 miles west of Junction of California State Route 89. Snowtires or chains required for 6.18 miles between 0.5 miles west of Glenbrook and 6.9 miles west of Junction Highway 395 at South Carson City. Highway 28: Snowtires or chains required for 7.44 miles between Junction US 50 and 8.73 miles south of California state line. Highway 88: Chains mandatory for 19.4 miles between Hams Station California and Silver Lake. Chains mandatory for 6.7 miles between 6.7 miles west of Junction State Route 89 at Picketts Junction and Junction State Route 89 at Picketts Junction. Highway 89: Chains mandatory for 7.69 miles between 2.8 miles north of Junction US 50 and Bliss State Park. Snowtires or chains required for 8.45 miles between 5 miles north of Junction California State Route 28 at Tahoe City California and Junction Interstate 80 at Truckee California. Highway 207 Kingsbury Grade: Snowtires or chains required for 4.8 miles between Junction Highway 50 and 6.5 miles west of Junction State Route 206. Highway 431: Snowtires or chains required for 14.2 miles between Junction State Route 28 and 10.33 miles south of Junction US 395. Highway 267: Chains mandatory for 6.7 miles between Northstar and Junction California 28 at Kings Beach.

Chains or snowtires required on Sierra roadways

The following roads and highways have restrictions as of 7 this morning. For more information call (800) 427-7623 or go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/ or http://www.safetravel.com Chains or snowtires required for 11 miles between 11 miles east of Kyburz California and 4 miles west of State Route 89 over Echo Summit. Snowtires or chains required for 18 miles between 1 mile east of the California state line and 3.3 miles west of Highway 395 in Carson City. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 8 miles between Bridgeport, Calif., and 8 miles north of Bridgeport. Chains or snows required for 19 miles between 8 miles north of Bridgeport and 17 miles south of California state line. A high wind advisory is in effect for the Washoe Valley. Campers and trailers are not advised. Chains or snowtires required for 23 miles between Highway 50 and 4 miles north of Tahoe City. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 60 miles between 9 miles east of Pine Grove, Calif., and 3.5 miles east of Woodfords. Road closed due to avalanche control for 8 miles between 3 miles north of Highway 50 and Bliss State Park. Chains or snows required for 45 miles between Bliss State Park and Sierraville, Calif. Chains or snows required between Stateline on the Lake Tahoe side and the Carson Valley over Kingsbury Grade. Chains or snows required for 19 miles between the junction of State Route 28 and 6 miles south of Highway 395. Chains or snows required for 7 miles between Northstar and State Route 28 at Kings Beach.

Tahoe ski areas could see up to a foot of snow by Thursday

LAKE TAHOE ” The Lake Tahoe Basin is under a winter weather advisory until 4 a.m. Thursday, potentially bringing a foot of snow above 7,000 feet. Snow will be light today; however, moderate to heavy snow will develop tonight as a low pressure system moves into Northern California and Nevada, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Snow accumulations of up to 3 to 6 inches of snow at lake level, with up to a foot expected above 7,000 feet, is expected. Winds of 15 to 25 mph also are expected, which could present dangerous driving conditions. Below is are updated road conditions, courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation, as of 7 a.m. this morning. Visit http://www.safetravelusa.com/nv for up-to-the-minute road updates. All routes are open with no controls with the following exceptions: Interstate 80: Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 49 miles between Drum California Exit 150 and 1 mile west of Floriston California Exit 199.; Snowtires or chains required for 99.3 miles between 0.3 miles west of Junction State Route 766-Carlin Exit 280 and 1 mile east of Oasis Exit 378. Highway 207 Kingsbury Grade: snow tires or chains required for 11.3 miles between Junction of Highway 50 and the junction of State Route 206. Highway 50: Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 51 miles between 4 miles east of Placerville California and Junction of California State Route 89; Snowtires or chains required for 21.1 miles between 0.7 miles east of California State Line and 0.4 miles west of Junction Highway 395 at South Carson City. Highway 395: Snowtires or chains required for 44.2 miles between Bridgeport California and 0.3 miles north of California State Line; Snowtires or chains required, high wind advisory: campers and trailers are not advised for 6 miles between 2.3 miles north of Junction US 395 Business and State Route 529-North Carson Street and Winters Ranch; Snowtires or chains required for 0.1 miles between Winters Ranch and 1.6 miles south of Chocolate Factory. State Route 28: Snowtires or chains required for 26.8 miles between Junction US 50 and Tahoe City. State Route 89: Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 10 miles between 3 miles north of Junction US 50 and 2 miles north of Bliss State Park. Snowtires or chains required for 43.2 miles between 2 miles north of Bliss State Park and Sierraville. State Route 431: Snowtires or chains required for 19 miles between Junction State Route 28 and 5.8 miles south of Junction US 395. California Route 267: Snowtires or chains required for 6 miles between Junction of Interstate 80 at Truckee California and Northstar. Chains required except for four wheel drive vehicles for 7 miles between Northstar and Junction California 28 at Kings Beach.

Tahoe regional planners approve logging project to remove dead and dying trees

Lake Tahoe regulators have approved the logging of 270 acres north of Bliss State Park on the lake’s west shore to remove dead and dying trees and thin thick stands of fir. It’s the first logging operation approved since last year, when 113 acres owned by the Tahoe City Public Utility District were logged. TRPA fined Menasha Corp., the logging contractor on that job, $160,000 after agency officials said at least 49 old growth trees were felled in violation of regulations designed to protect trees greater than 30 inches in diameter. Company officials maintain they did nothing wrong. The matter is being argued in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. In approving the latest project Wednesday, TRPA officials said they’ve taken steps to guard against similar problems, including the hiring of a full-time forester who will mark trees to be felled and monitor the over-the-snow logging operation this winter. Jesse Jones, the forester, said he has already surveyed the property owned by Tamarack Mutual Water Co. ”There’s a lot of mortality out there and that’s a lot of wood that’s basically firewood,” Jones said. ”I see the project as moving the forest toward a more natural condition.”

Woodacre man dies in single-vehicle crash on Highway 88 near South Lake Tahoe

A 62-year-old man is dead following a collision Sunday night on California Route 88 outside of South Lake Tahoe. The man, a Woodacre, California resident who has not been identified, was traveling westbound on California Route 88 in a 2001 BMW at an unknown speed just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol. At the time he was west of the Carson River Bridge. While maneuvering through a slight left hand turn, the man drifted onto the north shoulder. He then over-corrected and lost control of the vehicle. The BMW went off the road and collided with a raised embankment before overturning on the north edge of the highway. He was pronounced dead prior to CHP’s arrival on the scene. According to the report, the man was not using safety equipment. Weather conditions at the time were described as “clear and dry.” Alcohol impairment is unknown and pending a toxicology report.