Motorists Alerted to Increased Bicycle Traffic on Sunday for Event
The California Department of Transportation is advising motorists that thousands of bicyclists will be sharing the highways all around Lake Tahoe during Sunday’s annual “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.”
Highway 89 in Emerald Bay from Spring Creek Road to Vikingsholm Vista Point will be closed to through traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. during the event.
There are no other planned highway closures for the ride, but motorists should be prepared to share the road with bicyclists on U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, Highway 89 along the West Shore and up to Truckee and back, for 100-mile riders, and Highway 28 from Tahoe City around to the East Shore on the Nevada side, where riders will connect back with Highway 50 and ride back down to the South Shore.
Riders will start and finish at Mont Bleu Casino on Highway 50 in Stateline, Nev.. Riders taking part in the 100-mile century ride will start at 6 a.m. and 72-mile riders will go off starting at 7 a.m. Event organizer Curtis Fong said he expects between 3,300 to 3,500 riders for the 23rd annual event.
Bicyclists will be instructed to travel in single file and motorists are reminded to keep a safe buffer distance when passing riders. Highway message signs will be activated alerting motorists to the increased bicycle traffic on the highways, and the California Highway Patrol will provide traffic control during the event.
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Caltrans also released an El Dorado County roadwork schedule for Sunday through June 7, showing:
• State Route 89: Work continues on a $20 million water-quality project from just north of the Eagle Falls Sidehill Viaduct No. 5 in Emerald Bay to the Meeks Creek Bridge in Meeks Bay. This project will add new drainage features, curb and gutter, and resurface a nearly 7-mile stretch of the highway.
• U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe: Work continues on a $12.1 million water-quality and roadway improvement project from the “Y” intersection of Highways 50 and 89 to the South Lake Tahoe Airport adding curb and gutter, sidewalks, new drainage systems and repaving the highway.
• U.S. Highway 50 from South Lake Tahoe Airport Road to F Street: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect the # 1 lane closed from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday for roadway excavation.
• U.S. Highway 50 through Meyers: Work continues on a $15.3 million water-quality project from Johnson Pass Road to Incline Road in Meyers to install new drainage systems, widen shoulders and add bike lanes in one section, and restore a section of the exiting bike path.
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