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NDOT gets ‘Best in Basin’ nod

LAKE TAHOE – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has recognized the Nevada Department of Transportation with a “Best in Basin” award for sustainable maintenance for facilities at Spooner Summit and Incline Village.

The facilities were built to treat material collected during cleaning of roadside drainages.

Previously, the material was trucked outside of the Lake Tahoe Basin for disposal. The facilities reduce costs associated with transportation and help preserve lake clarity, according to a statement from NDOT.

“Throughout the Tahoe basin and the state, we put a high priority on ensuring our road building and maintenance reduces impacts to the environment,” NDOT Director Susan Martinovich said in the statement. “We work with our partners and seek out new methods and materials, whether it’s using recycled materials in road construction or sand that doesn’t degrade or bounce off roads as quickly during winter maintenance and snow removal.”

At Lake Tahoe, NDOT has reduced winter road maintenance-related salt use by 70 percent and sand use from 4,300 cubic yards per year in 1990 to approximately 850 cubic yards.

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