Construction projects will halt Oct. 15

Eric Heinz

Construction projects in South Lake Tahoe will soon come to a halt until spring.

Projects will end next week due to an Oct. 15 mandate to cease ground disturbance and grading.

“We’re basically on schedule with everything,” City of South Lake Tahoe Public Works Assistant Director Jim Marino said.

Prior to Oct. 15, all construction projects need to be “winterized,” the ordinance states. Some projects can be granted a Grading Season Exception in the event of emergency construction needs, but they can only be approved after Oct. 15, according to the TRPA website.

It is still permissible to grade 7 cubic yards or less and excavate 3 cubic yards of land. Examples of small projects that can be completed without an exception are listed on the TRPA website.

Caltrans’ ongoing projects include the Trout Creek to Ski Run Boulevard streetscape and landscape project, and the finishing touches are being completed on that project. Officials celebrated the completion of the major aspects of the project last month. Workers in the Ski Run Boulevard to Wildwood Avenue projects have begun to demobilize equipment, and Marino said they should be done by the deadline.

The Harrison Avenue Streetscape project, which the city will be taking bids for in November, Marino said, ties into the Lakeview Commons area, and it is intended to benefit the business district adjacent or near to U.S. 50.

Jennifer Lukins of Lukins Brothers Water Co. Inc. said the first phase of the 3,400-foot waterline project with new water services and meters is about to finish. The project also includes the installment of 16 fire hydrants, eight of which have been installed. The project runs from Tahoe Island Drive from Tahoe Vista to 12th Street. The next part of the 11-phase rehabilitation is to begin May 1.

South Tahoe Public Utilities District water main project also is nearing completion, as well as work in the Sierra Tract neighborhood, Marino said.

Under the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Code of Ordinances, in an effort to improve Lake Tahoe’s clarity and minimize sediment going into the lake, most earth-invasive construction projects will resume May 1.

City projects for 2014 will include the Harrison Avenue Streetscape Project, Bijou Erosion Control Project Season 2, Class I Bicycle Trail Rehabilitation and Phase 2 of the Lake Tahoe Airport ramp reconstruction.

Marino said the 2014 is the Bijou Erosion Control Project along the near the Bijou Shopping Center along U.S. Highway 50, which he also said will be a majority of the city’s 2014 construction.

Next year also will see the second phase of the South “Y,” where U.S. 50 and U.S. 89 intersect, to F Street. Drainage work as well as curb and gutter installment is included in the project. The first phase is nearing completion.

Marino also said both the Linear Park and Pioneer Trail Pedestrian Improvement projects are “95 percent complete.” Installment of pedestrian lighting will continue as the city will not need a GSE.

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