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Caltrans project expected to bring improvements, traffic delays

Jack Barnwell

Motorists may experience traffic delays soon as Caltrans District 3 begins a $25 million road improvement project on Highway 89.

Full construction is expected to ramp up around the week of April 20 if weather cooperates, according to Caltrans Tahoe Basin Outreach Coordinator Steve Nelson.

Road improvements work will stretch from the "Y" in South Lake Tahoe to Cascade Road north of Camp Richardson.

During the process, traffic on the four-lane stretch will be reduced to one lane in each direction. Once motorists hit the two-lane portion, Caltrans workers will implement a one-way traffic control.

Nelson said drivers could experience 20-minute delays.

According to Caltrans, the construction schedule during the off-peak season will be around-the-clock from 10 p.m. on Sunday to 11 a.m. on Friday. When peak season begins, the construction schedule changes to 9 p.m. on Sunday through 7 a.m. Monday, then 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Friday.

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According to Nelson, construction will go through October before crews wind down for the winter.

The two-season project, expected to go through Spring 2017, will improve traffic, add curb, gutter and sidewalks to the four-lane section and widen the two-lane section for four-foot paved shoulders, add pedestrian-activated beacons at the Camp Richardson crosswalk and provide stormwater runoff collection and treatment elements.