Despite snow on the ground, prepare for summer road work
It never comes as a surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying. With summer comes road work in the Tahoe Basin.
An annual California and Nevada transportation department update on scheduled projects, as well as discussion of some of the problems related to summertime construction, brought at least 25 people together Thursday at Camp Richardson Resort.
Issues discussed ranged from adequate signage in construction areas, to annoying flaggers.
“What I heard a lot of last year was that flaggers are really out of sync with what’s going on,” said Mike Weber, president and general manager of Camp Richardson Resort, Inc. “Is it because they’re bored and don’t have anything to do? I realize the job is hard, but what can be done so they’re more aware of what’s going on?”
Perhaps the most contentious issue, besides the frustration of traffic back-up, is the loss of income for business owners when construction closes down sections of roads fronting their properties.
“From the business standpoint, it’s an economic thing,” said Dick Powers, executive director for South Shore Transportation Management Association. “Businesses are in effect being asked to take a 30-percent (income) cut. We know road work needs to be done, but we’re asking, how can we ease the pain?”
California Department of Transportation representatives hope to reduce some of the conflict by sending a Caltrans employee door-to-door to warn business owners of upcoming road work which might impact them.
BREAKOUT: sources to call with complaints
The Caltrans public information officer can be reached at (530) 741-4571. The Nevada Department of Transportation public information officer can be reached at (775) 888-7777.
SCHEDULED ROAD WORK
n Carryover from 1998 season, U.S. Highway 50 from Spooner Summit to Douglas/Carson City line. Top-layer paving and miscellaneous work. Completion date is mid-July.
n Carryover from 1998 season, Kingsbury Grade from U.S. Highway 50 to 3.25 miles north, top-layer paving and miscellaneous work. Completion date is June 30.
n Crystal Bay beautification project on State Route 28. Completion date is June 30.
n Retaining wall at U.S. Highway 50 and Edgewood Creek. Completion date is Oct. 15.
n Water quality improvements on U.S. Highway 50 between the state line and Lake Parkway Loop. Completion date is July 1, 2000.
n Signal upgrade at the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade. Completion date is Oct. 15.
n Erosion control on State Route 28, from U.S. Highway 50 to 2 miles north. Completion date is Oct. 15.
n Pavement improvements from “Y” to Stateline, scheduled from beginning of May to end of June.
n Storm damage near Kyburz and Twin Bridges, from August to September.
n Pavement improvements from Alpine County to “Y,” from May to the end of June.
n Pavement improvements on U.S. Highway 50 from Stateline to Spooner.
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