Road work means two months of delays
With lines of waiting cars stretching in all four directions at the “Y,” traffic Wednesday quickly became backed up to an eye-squinting distance.
Yes, the road construction has begun.
“It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,” said Lake Tahoe resident Jayne Moorehouse, while sitting in traffic. “Just to go to the market, I have to wait in a five- to 10-minute line.”
Maybe next week she should take an alternate route to get where she needs to go.
“Next week there are going to be big delays at the ‘Y,'” said Pete Spector, resident engineer for the California Department of Transportation. “Delays will probably be 30 minutes to an hour.”
The paving work on U.S. Highway 50 likely will continue until the end of June.
“We can’t be out there after July 4. Obviously from then until Labor Day traffic will be too busy,” Spector said. “We’re doing everything we can to get it done as soon as possible.”
What crews did Wednesday was grinding, which allows them to pave over the highway without elevating the shoulder. They are planning to pave a small section today, and then – if everything goes well – continued paving will start May 11. Thus the long delays.
However, Lake Tahoe residents should be happy to hear that, while paving the highway has been almost an annual ritual in the summer, it shouldn’t be necessary next year – or even the year after that.
“It’s supposed to last five years,” Spector said. “This is a different approach that what we’ve been doing in the past.”
Work begins on Mondays at noon and ends on Fridays at noon. Through the week, construction is supposed to last from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For more information
– Get online at http//www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
– Listen to the Caltrans radio station at 1610 AM
– Call (775) 831-6677 or (800) 427-ROAD
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Officials said conversations are occurring daily in regards to reopening U.S. Highway 50, but there is still no estimated date as to when traffic may start flowing again.