Kirkwood commute gets longer
Delays and road closures are expected along Highway 89 South from the intersection of South Upper Truckee Road north to Grass Lake Road beginning Monday.
Traffic on Highway 50 will not be impacted.
The South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District is installing a large recycled water export line, which facilitates staging of materials and equipment for the project.
South Upper Truckee Road will be closed to all pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicular traffic from a point just past the bridge near the foot of Hawley Grade to the intersection of Highway 89. While the projects will continue through October, all construction impacting Highway 89 must be completed by June 30.
The overflow campground road for the Big Meadow Trailhead will be closed and under construction as well. The parking lot for the trailhead will remain open. Anticipated delays of up to 30 minutes can be expected. For public safety, there will be traffic controls in place daily and around the clock.
Alpine County Public Works Director Leonard Turnbeaugh said he hopes to keep delays to the minimum in the morning and afternoon commuting hours from South Lake Tahoe to Alpine County and back.
The blasting portion of the project will cause the 30-minute delays. The blasting contractor said that early morning from 7 to 9 a.m. and the evening from 5-6 p.m. will not be used for blasting. It should help for commuting issues. The Alpine County Supervisors and the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, as well as residents in Kirkwood are aware of the potential delays.
For more information, call Jim Hoggatt, construction manager engineer, at (530) 544-6474, ext. 206; Paul Sciuto, assistant general manager engineer at ext. 202, or Dennis Cocking, district information officer, at ext. 208.