Delays will occur at the "Y" |

Delays will occur at the "Y"

Motorists might want to try to find alternate routes around the “Y” this week.

Assuming the weather cooperates, paving is scheduled to begin there today, which will likely back up traffic even more than what South Lake Tahoe has been experiencing.

“Delays can get up to an hour – easy,” said Pete Spector, resident engineer for the California Department of Transportation.

“We’ve looked at a thousand different alternatives (of how to control traffic), and there’s not much we can do,” he added.

Today and tomorrow likely will be the worst days. When the “Y” paving is complete, Caltrans plans to move its project down to the state line and work its way back along U.S. Highway 50. Controlling traffic for the phase of the project will be easy compared to the “Y” work.

Crews have been “grinding” in the “Y” area, which means they have been stripping off part of the pavement. That allows Caltrans to pave over it without raising the level of the street.

The paving work on U.S. Highway 50 will continue until the end of June. Work begins on Mondays at noon and ends on Fridays at noon. Construction is supposed to last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Another delay motorists may later experience will concern stop lights along the highway. In order to help with traffic control, Caltrans may be keeping the lights red for longer periods of time.

For more information

– Get online at http//

– Listen to the Caltrans radio station at 1610 AM

– Call (775) 831-6677 or (800) 427-ROAD

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