Highway 50 Summer construction begins
Tahoe summers are pretty blissful – except for the frustration, anger and general lousiness of being stuck in roadwork traffic jams.
Yes, it’s that time again.
The $13.8 million California Department of Transportation project to resurface 40 miles of U.S. Highway 50 begins Monday, weather permitting, and will probably last until the end of June or at the absolute latest, July 4.
The project involves resurfacing 5 miles of U.S. Highway 50 from the “Y” to the Nevada state line. Last year Caltrans resurfaced the section between South Lake Tahoe and Riverton and the Nevada Department of Transportation resurfaced U.S. Highway 50 up to Stateline.
This year, said Caltrans representative Laura Featherstone, Caltrans is making extra efforts to keep residents and business owners informed about what’s going on and how they will be affected.
“We’re going to have a staff member speak to business owners regularly about the work, we’ll put information on the radio and the Internet, and provide the media with a weekly release about upcoming work,” Featherstone said. “We’re hoping that constant communication will relieve some of the problems and alleviate some of the pain resulting from the work.”
Beginning at the U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89 intersection, Granite Construction Company will be grinding the asphalt, replacing signal detectors and paving short segments of the highway. Drivers can expect 15-minute delays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in those areas. Work will begin at noon on Mondays and end at noon on Fridays.
“They’ll start from the Meyers direction, completing the work they didn’t get done last year,” said Dick Powers, executive director of South Shore Transportation Management Association. “After completing all the paving work through the South “Y,” work will begin at Stateline and proceed westward returning to the “Y.” This work should basically buy us a new roadway for supposedly five years – that doesn’t mean it won’t need patching.”
Powers said sections of lanes would be paved, about 1/2 mile at a time, and drivers will be asked to not make left turns in construction areas. The project is beginning at the “Y” in order to take advantage of lighter traffic flow this time of year.
Want To Know More?
n Get online at http//www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
n Listen to the Caltrans radio station at 1610 AM
n Call 1-775-831-6677 or 1-800-427-ROAD
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The reopening of U.S. Highway 50 starts 8 a.m. today for residents and property owners in preparation for its full opening 8 a.m. Tuesday.