Ground-breaking pavement stalled by weather |

Ground-breaking pavement stalled by weather

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Roadwork on Highway 50 scheduled to start mid-May has been pushed back for a second time because of this spring’s winter-like weather.

Expect workers at the California Department of Transportation to begin laying down 32 miles of a new asphalt treatment by the end of this week or the beginning of the next week, said Mark Dinger, spokesman at Caltrans. The work, which will cover highway from Icehouse Road to Meyers, was scheduled to begin May 13.

The new treatment, called NovaChip, costs twice as much as the older one, but it lasts longer and dries in about 15 minutes, meaning quicker job completion and less potential for traffic problems, Dinger said.

NovaChip uses a special bonding agent, orange in color, that’s sprayed over existing pavement. About a half-inch of concrete asphalt then goes on top of the bonder.

The $5 million project will limit traffic to one lane Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dinger estimated the paving will result in 10-to 20-minute delays for motorists, with most of the asphalt work finished by early July.

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