Hole in the road a Stateline landmark
So deep you can’t go over it, so wide you can’t go around it … .
Vehicles turning right onto U.S. Highway 50 from Upper Loop Road in Stateline had to stop in their tracks Monday.
A right-turn lane notorious for pavement problems had developed a deep, gaping chasm forcing motorists to stop and assess the situation before cautiously crawling over the foot-deep hole.
“It’s been bad for the 18 years I’ve been here,” said Brett Reed, roads maintenance superintendent for Douglas County.
The problem is an underground spring in the area, which tends to bubble up in the right turn lane and tear up the pavement during wet years.
Reed said the spring wasn’t a problem in the early 1990s because of several consecutive years of drought.
“This is the fifth wet winter in a row giving the spring time to rejuvenate,” Reed said. “There’s more water flowing there.”
Reed said county maintenance workers periodically put filler in the often-developing holes in the turn lane.
According to Jeff Foltz, associate civil engineer, there is a solution, although the county has been waiting for a planned erosion control project to be implemented before looking at fixing the turn lane.
Foltz said there is an existing subdrain by the turn lane which is supposed to keep the water from percolating in the street. But it no longer works. The drain has filled with sediment and is failing, Foltz said.
“We need to tear it out and install a new subdrain,” Foltz said.
Although the county has known the road is in need of repair, county officials have been hesitant to allocate funds to improve it before the Stateline Storm Water Project is completed. The project, which will outfit both loop roads and that area of U.S. Highway 50 with erosion control measures, is scheduled to begin this spring and be functional this fall.
The completed project will force the water runoff from the area into underground storage tanks near the Stateline casinos for primary treatment, according to Foltz. Secondary treatment will be done on Edgewood Golf Course property before the treated water runs into Lake Tahoe.
Foltz said the county will likely pay for new pavement for Upper Loop and the new subdrain for the underground spring after the completion of the storm water project.
Until then, proceed with caution when turning right from Upper Loop onto the highway.
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