NDOT: Expect lane closures on US 50 between Carson City and Spooner Summit
Storm drainage work on U.S. 50 between Carson City and Spooner Summit will lead to single-lane closures on the highway starting Thursday.
Drivers will see 24-hour single-lane closures from 8 p.m. Sundays through 6 p.m. Fridays on both directions of U.S. 50 from Tahoe Golf Club Drive to the Spooner Summit area, according to the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Travel delays of up to 30 minutes should be anticipated, with most delays averaging under 10 minutes. NDOT asks motorists to obey traffic controls and posted speed limits. Drivers also should anticipate and share the road with bicyclists in designated travel lanes.
Officials project the two-year road improvement project will end in fall 2020, with seasonal pauses in construction expected during winter.
The project will replace and line existing culverts, replace drop inlets and install new storm drain systems to help improve roadway safety against flooding and reduce erosion in downstream drainages, according to NDOT. The project also will add enhanced water quality treatments for roadway drainage before entering Clear Creek.
Additionally, sections of existing guardrail will be replaced with concrete barrier rail to improve highway safety and reduce maintenance costs.
Most of the drainage systems were originally constructed when the highway was built more than 50 years ago, according to NDOT. The drainage systems carry storm water into the Clear Creek Watershed on the south side of U.S. 50.
The approximately $8 million project is one part of the Clear Creek Erosion Control Program, a cooperative agreement between NDOT and the Carson Valley Conservation District to reduce erosion and preserve water quality in the upper Clear Creek Watershed.
Most recently, NDOT enhanced drainage and erosion controls on U.S. 50 from the South Carson Street/Spooner junction to Tahoe Golf Club Drive.