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Kingsbury Grade construction survey gathers data

A survey conducted by TahoeChamber is asking participants how often they use Kingsbury Grade, a busy road expected to undergo heavy construction along certain portions — resulting in significant traffic disruption at times — starting in May.

The Chamber is asking for comment in order to anticipate travel needs for both residents and business owners during the 12- to-18-month pavement reconstruction project on State Route 208. About 130 people had filled out the survey by Tuesday afternoon.

The idea is to find which times drivers commute on the road the most, and then relay the results to the Nevada Department of Transportation and the Tahoe Transportation District.

From there, any number of things could happen, depending on how NDOT and TTD want to use the information, TahoeChamber spokeswoman Shannon Earley said. But the data could be used to determine if additional public transportation services are necessary during peak commuting hours.

Curtis Garner, transit manager for TTD, said the district wants to use the information to maximize efficiency.

“If we’re able to provide additional services, we want to be certain we are serving as many people at the right times as possible,” he said.

Depending on demand and the district’s ability to get funding, the agency could provide additional public transportation during construction, Garner said. Currently, TTD’s public transit schedule offers five round trips per day between South Lake Tahoe and the Minden-Gardnerville area.

NDOT officials have previously explained that construction on Kingsbury Grade — which involves work on a 3.87-mile stretch of road from Highway 50 to just past Tramway Drive — will disrupt through traffic at times near the summit.

Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, a closure will take place at the summit just east of Tramway Drive. Drivers traveling from Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe will still have full access onto Kingsbury — and to residential and commercial areas there — until reaching the closure point.

Work during this schedule will take place day and night.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, however, work will only be done at night.

On Monday, the Nevada Transportation Board approved a $14.9 million contract for the project, which went to Reno-based Q&D Construction.

Engineers say there will be significant disruption to residents in the area. But Earley said businesses in the area have dealt with the impacts of construction before.

“I think they are trying to work through it since this is not the first time this has happened,” she said.

A link to the TahoeChamber survey can be found at www.tahoechamber.org.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 11, 2014 07:48PM Published Mar 12, 2014 04:16PM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.