New Tahoe roadwork to further snarl traffic |

New Tahoe roadwork to further snarl traffic

TAHOE VISTA – All together now: “Groan.”

North Shore residents, who are already commuting slowly through heavy construction traffic on Highway 267 and 89, will see a new set of cone zones this week on Highway 28.

Motorists can expect, on average, 20-minute delays for drainage and electrical work on California Route 28 from Estates Drive in Tahoe Vista to the Nevada state line, which starts at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, relegating the path to one-lane traffic control until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1.

Caltrans spokeswoman Deanna Shoopman said that while the work is designed to be at night, it could wash into the morning and day commutes.

“The temperature fluctuates at this time of the year, and it gets too cold to pave in the middle of the night,” she said.

The work – which has been broadcast since Wednesday on electric signs that warn of construction on “Crystal Bay Hill” – could take up to three weeks, said Caltrans’ Rochelle Jenkins.

“Right now, we’re experiencing abnormal delays, as there’s so many projects all taking place in the same general vicinity,” Jenkins said. “Drainage projects are so critical to the lake, obviously – we’re hoping it doesn’t take much longer, but delays could go another week or two.”

Similar 20-minute delays are already being experienced on every road into and out of the Basin.

The Sierra Sun reported previously that current roadwork on California highways 28, 89 and 267 has delayed public transportation and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District bus system, delaying students’ arrival to and from school as much as 30 minutes each way.

All projects will be finished by Oct. 15, officials have said.

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