Paving to cause delays on Highway 50 |

Paving to cause delays on Highway 50

Dylan Silver
Tony Contini / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Officials from Caltrans are warning motorists that paving, part of the three-year Trout Creek to Ski Run Project, will cause delays on Highway 50.

Caltrans expects the delays to be up to 10 minutes, according to a Monday press release. Two lanes on one side of the highway will be closed 24 hours a day starting Wednesday until the end of construction season in mid-October.

“Basically, we’ll be doing construction 24 hours a day,” said Caltrans spokeswoman Deanna Shoopman.

The grinding and paving step of the project wasn’t anticipated to begin until next year, but so far work on the project has been going smoothly, Shoopman said.

“Any of the grinding and paving we complete will put us that much ahead of schedule,” she said.

BlueGo stops from Al Tahoe to Ski Run will be affected. It is unclear when each stop will be closed, but it is unlikely all stops will be closed at once, said BlueGo spokesman Steve Niccum. As construction crews pass, each stop could be closed between a few hours or a full day depending on how fast the work is completed, Niccum said. Signage will direct bus riders to the next available stop.

Parents should keep the delays in mind when picking up and dropping off students at St. Theresa School and South Tahoe Middle School, Shoopman said.

The Trout Creek to Ski Run Project is part of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Environmental Improvement Program. To treat runoff before it reaches Lake Tahoe, new gutters, new sand traps, stormwater detention vaults, and filtration ponds will be installed. According to the release, the project is also expected to reduce emissions by adding bike lanes and ADA-compliant sidewalks. New intersection signals, pedestrian lighting, landscaping and streetscaping will also be installed.

Work on the $40.6 million project will be finished some time in 2013.

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