Construction crews take a break this weekend |

Construction crews take a break this weekend

Michael Schneider

Travelers and commuters who use the section of U.S. Highway 50 between Cave Rock and Stateline will get a reprieve this weekend from lengthy construction delays.

Scott Magruder, NDOT spokesperson, said construction crews paving the highway will not work Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday. The move is in response to heavy tourist traffic anticipated for the Hot August Nights car celebration in Reno this weekend.

Heavy traffic was reported on that stretch of highway with delays of a half an hour or more. A Douglas County commission candidates debate at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course had to be delayed almost two hours as a cable crew from Carson City got stuck in traffic near Cave Rock. The crew decided to turn around and try the Kingsbury Grade.

Magruder said the traffic congestion was bad because the paving project is moving into a more populated area inundated with traffic lights. He said NDOT will re-evaluate the way traffic was restricted and may reduce construction on Kingsbury to provide close to a construction-free alternate route.

The paving project on the highway, from the Douglas County/Carson City line to Stateline, is about half done, according to Magruder. He said the project should be completed by late September or early October.

After the paving project is complete, work will begin on a project to install a divider between east and westbound traffic along the east slope of the Spooner grade.

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