Construction on the Bijou Area Erosion Control Project is in full swing, with daytime work on Fairway Drive and Bal Bijou Road and local detours in place during weekdays.
Both streets are open on the weekends and there is local access provided on Bal Bijou at all times.
Underground stormwater system work is nearing completion on Fairway Drive with the installation of a box culvert for Bijou Creek and work now focused on new curbs and inlets.
The Bal Bijou storm drain system will be connected at U.S. 50 next week, with curb installation to follow.
The contractor is on track to have base lift paving placed at the end of August on both streets before finalizing the stormwater treatment system in easement areas adjacent to CVS and Heidi’s after Labor Day.
When completed this fall, the infrastructure will convey Bijou Creek to Lake Tahoe while separately treating stormwater runoff from 42 acres in the Bijou Commercial Core, preventing about 21,000 pounds of fine sediment from reaching Lake Tahoe each year.
The project is the result of competitive grants and funding agreements with the State Water Resources Control Board, Caltrans, the U.S. Forest Service, California Tahoe Conservancy, South Tahoe Public Utility District and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.