Dirty job will slow traffic
Commuting could get down and dirty for Kingsbury Grade residents as a parade of big rigs haul earth away from a Park Avenue construction site.
More than 40 trucks will transport about 7,000 cubic yards of dirt from the Park Avenue Redevelopment Project daily until about June 16. Hauling will continue on a smaller scale after the mass excavation is complete.
Lenny Fagg, project superintendent for T. W. Construction, said private drivers and trucking companies throughout the Tahoe area are participating.
“I have 43 trucks for (Wednesday,)” Fagg said. “We have a whole slug of all different kinds of trucks out here.”
Fagg said the trucks transport more than 500 loads of dirt a day. About 75 percent of the loads are being delivered to locations in the Tahoe Basin such as Tahoe Asphalt, Inc. Roughly 25 percent of the loads are driven to the Carson Valley via Kingsbury Grade.
While traffic was slowed on the grade, Kingsbury resident Ed Apple said Tuesday the trucks were not an inconvenience.
“Most of them will pull over and let you pass,” Apple said. “They aren’t that big of a problem.”
Kingsbury resident Harry Lovelace said he thinks the bigger traffic problem caused by the redevelopment trucks is on Highway 50 between the Stateline Casinos. He said work on alternate routes should be completed to help traffic flow better.
“It wasn’t quite planned as well as it might have been,” Lovelace said.
Tanya Duin, 37, of South Lake Tahoe, said the traffic problems are minor when compared to back-ups in major metropolitan areas.
“We don’t have a traffic problem in Tahoe,” Duin said. “It is dramatic in Tahoe to wait in traffic for a mile. As the tourist season approaches this will be much more of a problem.”
Cindy Pearce, who lives in the Carson Valley, thinks the congestion is a small price for Tahoe residents to pay for the redevelopment.
“I know a lot of people who live at the top of Kingsbury and I never hear them complain,” Pearce said. “I think redevelopment is good for Tahoe. It is making Tahoe a world-class resort from a little neighborhood that the people from Sacramento come up to. It has changed the face of Tahoe and that means more money for everyone.”
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