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Roadwork wrapping up soon

El Dorado County roadwork should wrap up next week with the repaving of Pioneer Trail, a 3.2-mile stretch between Glen Eagles Road and the South Lake Tahoe city limit.

Tom Celio, deputy director of maintenance, reported the county has all but completed the roadwork that’s part of the Pioneer Trail erosion-control job.

The county’s contractor put in some of the concrete and curb gutters along with making drainage improvements as part of that project due for completion Oct. 15.



The crew was resurfacing Thursday on about a mile stretch between the city boundary and Golden Bear Trail before the cruel season kicks in.

This summer the county’s staff also resurfaced South Upper Truckee Road and the roads west of the rural thoroughfare with a chip seal.




After next week, the county will finish out the year with some patchwork on Lake Tahoe Boulevard from the city limits to North Upper Truckee.

The county plans to release a priority list of road maintenance projects with Measure H funding for next summer within the next few months, Celio said. The list must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Measure H, which passed last year, allocates half of the Department of Motor Vehicle license fees to county road maintenance. The county will pool Measure H funds with federal forest funding and state transportation monies.

The county must weigh funds allocated with road coverage, which this year has favored the basin. South Shore roads represent 15 percent of El Dorado County roads. El Dorado, with its 150 miles of roads, has traditionally spent about $7 million a year on general repair.

“I can tell you a significant part of the program will take place in Tahoe,” he said.

Celio agreed South Shore roads are tattered, but there are reasons why.

“Any 6,000-foot road that has 10 feet of snow on it in the winter has it rough keeping in good condition,” he said. “The roads up here, for the most part, are in a higher state of disrepair than other parts of the county,” he said.

An El Dorado County Department of Transportation study released three years ago reported that 80 percent of Tahoe’s roads are in substandard condition.

The road maintenance couldn’t come soon enough for motorists and cyclists.

“Some roads have become unridable,” Tahoe Bike Shop owner Brent Springbett said, mentioning Fallen Leaf Lake Road and North Upper Truckee Road.

Springbett argued the tourism economics.

“If we try to market this area as an all-season place, we need all-season roads,” he said.

The city plans to continue spot paving for as long as the weather holds up – at the very latest Oct. 15, Scott Rogers of the public works department indicated. The patchwork jobs require warm nights to help the spots settle. The city finished its big jobs this season – resurfacing Al Tahoe Boulevard and Johnson Boulevard.

The California Department of Transportation has no major jobs pending on South Shore.


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