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Just when you thought it was over – Nevada paving begins

Sarah Gonser

Last year a deeply frustrated driver threw a half-eaten bagel at a traffic flagger – or so Tahoe traffic lore would have it.

But things will be different this year, according to Scott Magruder, public information officer for the Nevada Department of Transportation, because roadwork on the Nevada side will be short and sweet.

The last stretch of U.S. Highway 50 and Kingsbury Grade paving work, both projects which began last year, resumes today between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., five days a week. The U.S. Highway 50 work begins two miles east of the state line and stretches all the way to Spooner Summit. The Kingsbury work begins at the U.S. Highway 50 intersection and ends at the top of the grade.

“This is definitely not an ideal situation, having both projects going at the same time, but Kingsbury got delayed last year so it has to happen now,” Magruder said. “But it will certainly not be like last year – that was pretty ugly. Once they get out there, drivers will see that we’re making very rapid progress.”

Indeed, all that needs to be done to complete the two projects is apply the 1/2-inch protective layer, known as open grade work. And at the very latest, Magruder estimated, the work will be done by the end of the month.

And lest anyone wonder why this traffic-choking work can’t be done at night, or earlier in the year before traffic gets heavy, Magruder said it’s just not possible.

“Open grade work is very temperature sensitive,” he said. “It needs to be at least 60 degrees outside so we can successfully apply the protective layer.”

Need more information?

Call the Nevada Department of Transportation

at (775) 888-7777

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