Highway project to resume this spring | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Highway project to resume this spring

Gregory Crofton

The Nevada Department of Transportation this spring will replace rusted metal support walls with reinforced concrete ones along Highway 50 between Marla Bay and Cave Rock on Tahoe’s east shore.

Construction required for the more than $11 million in improvements, which include new drainage for the road, will begin in May and last through mid-October.

The road work will limit the highway to one lane in some sections, said Scott Magruder, NDOT spokesman.

It is the third straight year that NDOT will work on the highway support walls, some of which stand over homes. Last summer a crane used for the construction project toppled off the highway and landed on the roof of a guest house. No one was injured in the accident.

The road work is being funded with a mix of federal and state dollars: nearly $8 million from the federal government; $2.8 million from the 1996 Nevada Tahoe Bond Act; and $700,000 from NDOT.

“We’ve had a lot of success getting federal funding for preserving Lake Tahoe,” Magruder said. “The whole Congressional delegation has worked to secure the funding. There has been a lot of good news, not only in terms of the bin walls, but drainage improvements. We’ve spent more than $40 million in the last five years plus.”

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