Road construction ahead |

Road construction ahead

Susan Wood
Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / A cyclist negotiates lane barriers and traffic as he rides near Cave Rock on Monday.

Lake Tahoe’s beauty may soon be competing with an obstacle course on area highways and streets, with the basin undergoing major roadwork.

Road improvements from shore to shore are expected to be in full force by the time the Tour de Tahoe bike ride around the lake rolls around Sept. 10.

Beginning next Monday, Caltrans plans to launch into a $500,000 road-layering job similar to the one laid up and over Luther Pass last summer. Motorists can expect traffic controls on Highway 89 with delays of up to 20 minutes from the “Y” to D.L. Bliss State Park from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Both lanes will be open on the weekend.

Caltrans spokesman Mark Dinger said Monday the transportation agency’s roadwork contractor will “pay special attention to the needs of bike riders” going through the narrow Emerald Bay area. The contractor has been instructed to spread the seal as far over the fragmented bike lane as possible. Last summer, cyclists complained when the seal stopped at the edge of the vehicle lane.

“The No. 1 thing is the road is so narrow through there. Whatever seal (used), it would be nice to leave a full lane for cyclists, and cones and equipment are out of the way,” Tour de Tahoe organizer Curtis Fong said. “If (the work) improves the road surface, I’m all for that.”

And roadwork will begin on the Nevada side, as the Incline Village General Improvement District plans to reopen its pipeline job Sept. 6 on Highway 28 on the weekdays. On the weekends, both lanes will be open, and the contractor has been instructed “to pick up every soda can,” district spokesman Joe Pomroy said. The district has been off the job for a few months. Twenty-minute delays are expected.

“They might look at the amount of work left and come out on Sept. 20 (instead),” Pomroy said.

The Nevada Department of Transportation may sweep before the ride and will make an effort to clear highways 50 and 28, spokesman Scott Magruder said.

“We’re aware of the ride and keep (the roads) pretty clear regardless,” he said.

NDOT plans to wrap up work on the Mount Rose Highway by next week.

South Lake Tahoe-area streets are on the road improvement list. City crews began the overlay job in the Sierra Tract area Monday on Becka Drive and Blue Lake Avenue. A handful of people in public works needs to be hired to get to all the intended patching spots. Alligator cracks blanket city streets – with more than 160 counted by the Tahoe Daily Tribune in a 1.6-mile stretch in the Tahoe Keys.

El Dorado County has no overlay jobs scheduled until next year. For this season, crews intend to wrap up their patch job on Pioneer Trail today.

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