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NDOT solicting public comment on erosion projects

Michael Schneider

Not wanting to exclude the public from planning its roads while helping lake clarity, a basin transportation agency is seeking public input on proposed erosion projects.

After finishing Phase I of its Erosion Control and Storm Water Management Plan in May, the Nevada Department of Transportation is soliciting public comment on Phase II.

The transportation department will hold a public meeting Wednesday at the Zephyr Cove Library. It will include a presentation with background information on Nevada’s transportation basin role and public comment regarding the proposed improvements.

Phase II includes preliminary design for U.S. Highway 50 road improvements from Kahle Drive to Glenbrook Creek. Phase II also includes final design for the stretch of the highway from Glenbrook Creek to Spooner Summit and repairs to nine binwalls.

According to Nevada’s department of transportation, a binwall is a gravity-type retaining wall with corrugated steel sides built into a box shape and filled with sand.

The transportation department will begin improvements to the Spooner-to-Glenbrook section of highway should funds be secured by May 1999.

In 1995, the transportation department launched a four-year, $5 million highway improvement-planning program within the basin.

The department’s first priority, and Phase I of the project, was a water quality demonstration along two miles of State Route 28. This portion was completed in May 1998.

According to the department, the primary goal of the phased project is to reduce the amount of sediments and pollutants reaching the lake through implementation of sediment source control and treatment control facilities.

To serve as a model for future projects and reveal the effectiveness of Nevada Department of Transportation water mitigation plans, a water quality monitoring program has been initiated to determine how well the improvements work on a section of State Route 28.

According to the department, the improved section of highway at Memorial Point on the East Shore saw a decrease of 15 percent in dissolved phosphorus, a 20 percent reduction in dissolved iron and a 65 percent reduction in suspended sediment. All three substances have been identified as inhibitors to lake clarity.

Additional public meetings are tentatively scheduled for late December 1998, April 1999 and July 1999.

Should members of the public wish to submit written comments regarding the water quality project, they should be sent to Dennis Baughman, Hearings Officer, Nevada Department of Transportation, 1263 Stewart St., Carson City, Nev. 89712.

Nevada’s transportation department is responsible for maintaining 39 miles of roads in the Tahoe Basin.

What: The Nevada Department of Transportation’s public hearing on basin road improvements

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Zephyr Cove Library, 233 Warrior Way

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