Improvements are in the works at Cave Rock |

Improvements are in the works at Cave Rock

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Support walls going in along Highway 50 south of Cave Rock are nearly complete but work is on hold until Douglas County makes drainage improvements in the area this spring.

The Nevada Department of Transportation still needs to resurface the road and that would require several consistently warm days to get done, said NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder.

The construction work had limited the highway to a single lane each way since last fall, but since work was shut down a couple of weeks ago, all four lanes have been open.

The old walls, which supported the lakeside of the road, were failing because of age. The $2.6 million-replacement project was originally scheduled to be completed last year but rock in the area required drilling work more challenging than expected, Magruder said.

Similar support wall work will start this spring on a two-mile section of the highway that runs from Bourne Meadow to Zephyr Cove, Magruder said. The project, estimated to cost $4.5 million, will also include a drainage system.