Less road work with budget woes
Reflecting the limited budgets of government agencies, South Lake Tahoe-area roadwork should be light this summer compared to previous years.
The city has no overlays scheduled and wants to stretch its $50,000 limited budget to critical repairs needed for hazardous conditions. Crews have been out scouting the roads to get an assessment of the summer’s outlook, Street Maintenance Supervisor Scott Rogers said Thursday.
The county has the same dilemma. The overlay job planned on Pioneer Trail has been postponed until “we have more money,” county transportation department supervisor Tom Celio said.
Patchwork repairs start as early as today, with crews working on Fallen Leaf Lake Road.
A 25-mile chip-seal resurfacing job is set for the West Shore at Meeks and Rubicon bays.
The state’s transportation budget has been significantly dented this year.
“It’s pretty light for us in El Dorado County this summer,” Caltrans project manager Bruce Roberts said from his Sacramento office.
Beyond bridge work, striping on Highway 50 and city-coordinated work at the “Y,” no surfacing jobs are planned.
The transportation money squeeze has trickled down to bicycle-related roadwork projects.
“A number of projects throughout the state are in limbo. There’s a reluctance to launch any new projects,” said Paul Dorn, executive director of the California Bike Coalition.
The quandary has impacted California Bike Commute Week scheduled May 17-21, which usually receives funding support from Caltrans and the state Air Resources Board. The latter has disappeared this year.