Motorists can expect traffic delays throughout much of South Lake Tahoe this summer as one of biggest construction seasons in the city gets under way next month.
Between $12 million and $15 million in capital improvements are slotted for the summer of 2013, according to a Tuesday presentation by city Capital Improvement Program Project Manager Jim Marino.
Some of the longest traffic delays are expected as part of Caltrans road projects between Lake Tahoe Airport and the “Y” and west of Ski Run Boulevard to Wildwood Avenue. Moderate traffic impacts are also expected on Highway 89 between the “Y” and Cascade Lake for a separate state project, Marino said.
Another Caltrans project from Trout Creek to Ski Run Boulevard should only have minor traffic impacts because most of the work will take place adjacent to the highway.
A South Tahoe Public Utility District waterline project on Tahoe Keys Boulevard and the state streets near the Tahoe Keys is also expected to have lanes closures and moderate traffic impacts, while minor traffic impacts are anticipated in the Sierra Tract neighborhood as part of a separate water main project.
Construction of the two-year $16.8 million Aspens affordable housing project near Pioneer Trail and Ski Run Boulevard is also set to begin and will have heavy traffic impacts, according to Marino’s presentation. Farther east along Pioneer Trail, construction of sidewalks and pedestrian lighting between U.S. Highway 50 and Larch Avenue is also anticipated to cause significant delays.
Phase 1 of the Bijou Erosion Control Project is expected to start in June and will have heavy traffic impacts on Bal Bijou and the Bijou commercial area, Marino said. Construction on the erosion control project is expected to last until October 2015.
Rehabilitation of the Linear Park in front of Tahoe Meadows and completion of restroom at El Dorado Beach are also among the city’s plans this summer.
One project that won’t be proceeding this year as expected is the Harrison Avenue project. The streetscape project has been pushed back to 2014 because of issues related to the authorization of federal funding for the project, according to a city staff report.
“Primarily, the delay in the authorization process resulted from delays caused by communication and utility process issues between the City’s design consultant and the various utilities,” according to the report. “In addition, a few of the easements required for the project took longer than expected to get signed and approved.”