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Construction update: Crews get ahead of the weather

Griffin Rogers

To construction crews in Tahoe, October typically means pushing to get as much work done as possible before the rain starts to pour and the ground becomes blanketed in snow.

So it may not come as a surprise to some locals to see so many orange cones and temporary fences scattered around town lately.

At the Alta Mira property, located just east of Lakeview Commons, a 5,400-square-foot building has been demolished, moving the California Tahoe Conservancy closer to achieving its vision for the site.

CTC acquired the nearly 1-acre of lakefront property earlier this year for $2.5 million, saying it hopes to use it to improve lake access and scenery.

Further west, many motorists have noticed an increase in traffic due to a lane closure on Hwy 50 near Carson and Reno avenues. The lane is closed while crews construct a sidewalk in front of the upcoming Autozone.

Work is also continuing on the Bevmo at South Lake Tahoe’s “Y” intersection, where crews recently finished up a section of groundwork to meet the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Oct. 15 deadline.

Jeff Copeland, superintendent for S.D. Deacon, the company working on the property, said construction on the beverage store is coming along well.

“October is huge,” he said, referring to the TRPA deadlines and weather. “Weather is always an issue and up here with the snow it’s a lot different than the regular rain showers we get in Sacramento.”

Copeland said work on the Bevmo should be finished by March or April.

Additionally, construction is progressing at the old Horizon Casino Resort property, which is transforming into the new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.

No official completion date has been announced for that project, but rooms at the Hard Rock can be booked for as early as Jan. 9, according to the website.

Furthermore, several road construction projects are underway in the area, including a $15.3 million Caltrans job wrapping up in Meyers.

That water quality project focuses on new drainage and features, and it involved upgrading the traffic signal at Hwy 50 and Pioneer Trail. The project will continue through Halloween and then finish up promptly, Caltrans spokesman Steve Nelson said.

Another road project taking place further down Pioneer Trail could also slow drivers down at the intersection of Black Bart Avenue and Cold Creek Trail. It is an El Dorado County project involving patching failed areas of pavement.

Tom Halvorson, highway superintendent for El Dorado County, said crews are trying to get as much done before the end of the month, but weather could interrupt the construction schedule.

“I heard it might rain Thursday, so we may get shut down a little early,” he said Friday.

As for construction on Kingsbury Grade, motorists may be happy to hear that there is a chance the entire project could wrap up this season, depending on how work progresses over the next several days.

Crews will be working toward replacing a trench drain on the Carson Valley side of the State Route, and their progress will determine whether the project will finish up this year or carry over into spring 2015.

Either way, work on Kingsbury this year is expected to wrap up Thursday, according to Meg Ragonese, spokeswoman for the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Ragonese said that despite the Kingsbury closure being lifted, motorists should still expect intermittent traffic delays as workers finish up for the season.

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