Kingsbury Grade project finishes major work ahead of schedule
KINGSBURY GRADE — All major construction on a large-scale project to repave and improve Kingsbury Grade has successfully completed one season ahead of schedule, according to an announcement from the Nevada Department of Transportation.
The approximately $15 million Kingsbury Grade project involved reconstructing nearly four miles of roadway from the business sector of the state route’s Lake Tahoe side to just passed Daggett Pass and Tramway Drive.
It started in May with a road closure — the first of two — and is now practically finished, with only minor landscaping work anticipated in the spring. The minor work will not affect traffic, according to NDOT.
“These traffic closures helped us complete work in half the time we would otherwise be able to,” Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez said in a statement. “We know that a traffic closure like this impacts drivers and residents, and we want to thank each and every Kingsbury Grade motorist, resident and business, and the entire Tahoe and Carson Valley communities, for their understanding.”
The project aimed to make several drainage, curb and gutter, safety, sidewalk and lighting improvements along a section of road in need of repair.
Reconstruction efforts included the excavation of about 24,000 cubic yard of old road, the placement of 24,000 tons of new asphalt, and the installation of 6,000 linear feet of storm drain pipe, 3,300 linear feet of sidewalk and 8,700 linear feet of curb and gutter.
NDOT has said the work will help prevent damage to the pavement from natural springs below the roadway, as well as make some of the sidewalks and areas around the road safer and more accessible.
The work caused not only road closures, but also long delays up and down Kingsbury from lane closures. The project was originally scheduled to take 18 months to complete.
However, by limiting the amount of traffic on the road, NDOT said crews were able to do more work than they would have otherwise.
“The professional, expeditious work of the contractor, Q&D Construction, and the understanding of the community truly led this to be a successful project,” Rodriguez added. “Thanks to the community’s understanding, we have been able to complete this project ahead of schedule!”
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