Final phase of Burke Creek project (to help Lake Tahoe clarity) starts Monday |

Final phase of Burke Creek project (to help Lake Tahoe clarity) starts Monday

This 2016 map shows plans for the then-proposed Burke Creek restoration effort.
Courtesy / U.S. Forest Service |

The final phase of the Burke Creek Highway 50 Crossing and Realignment Project near Kahle Drive in Stateline will start Monday, July 31, the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) announced Friday.

The project, through restoration of the Burke Creek channel and adjacent marsh, aims to decrease the amount of sediment that flows into Lake Tahoe and reduce the potential for flooding on U.S. 50.

During this final phase, LTBMU will use heavy equipment and ground crews to decommission approximately 500 feet of the old channel and connect the new channel to the culvert, which conveys Burke Creek under the highway and was installed in 2016, according to a press release.

Signs will be posted around the project area, and the public is asked to use caution around the equipment and water control operations.

Project work is expected to be completed by mid-August.

This project was made possible through a partnership with Douglas County, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District and the U.S. Forest Service.

For more information about the project, visit or contact Stephanie Heller at 530-543-2600.

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