Here’s where to find summertime crews
The flashing yellow arrows. The bright orange cones. That annoying beeping sound heavy equipment makes as it backs up.
These are the signs that grading season is upon us, and with it will come as many projects as can be crammed into the five-month time period imposed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Here is a glimpse of what South Shore residents and visitors can expect to see over the next few months:
City of South Lake Tahoe
— Various road repair and street maintenance projects will continue throughout the summer, said Scott Rogers, city street superintendent.
Shoulder areas determined to be a hazard to pedestrians, bicycle and vehicle traffic will be addressed first, followed by road problems brought up by citizens.
After the emergencies are taken care of, Rogers said the city will begin street-to-street analyzing and prioritizing which roads need work.
No major lane closures are anticipated, and in most cases projects will require limited traffic control around them, he said.
— Embassy Vacation Resort is planning to install landscaping for the time-share complex at Ski Run Boulevard and U.S. Highway 50, May 1 through mid-June. Phil Moulton, general manager, said the contractor will begin preparing the land for irrigation this week, and planting material in about two weeks.
The landscaping project, part of the city’s redevelopment efforts, should not have any effect on traffic.
California Department of Transportation
The following is paving work planned for the Tahoe Basin expected to be completed between now and June 30, which could cause minor traffic delays:
— U.S. Highway 50, 1.5 miles from Chapa Drive to Pioneer Trail in Meyers.
— Highway 50 at the “Y” intersection, one mile from Kyburz Avenue to Dunlop Road.
— Highway 50, 2.5 miles from Al Tahoe Boulevard to Wildwood Avenue.
— Camp Sacramento to Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski resort, 1.5 miles.
— One mile east of Sierra-at-Tahoe to Little Norway, 1 mile.
— Echo Summit east for a half mile.
— Lake Tahoe Airport to Kyburz Avenue, half mile.
Caltrans is also planning for routine maintenance – ditch cleaning, shoulder work, crack seals – at various locations, which could cause 10- to 15-minute traffic delays on Highway 50 and State Route 89, said Norm Butts, highway supervisor.
Nevada Department of Transportation
— A three-mile maintenance project from Stateline to Zephyr Cove will replace the asphalt surface of Highway 50. The $1.2 million project is expected to cause minor traffic delays between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Construction will halt the Thursday through Tuesday of Memorial Day weekend, and work is expected to be completed by July 1.
— Demolition on the Round Hill Mall is scheduled to begin around May 15, said Doug Rastello, co-owner of Round Hill Ventures. From now until then, he said contractors will be doing storm drainage work, which should take about eight days to complete.
Construction on the shopping center will continue through the season.
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