Sediment removal set for Keys |

Sediment removal set for Keys

Robert Stern

Haul trucks will make 7,000 trips on Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Venice Drive this summer to dredge non-native sediment deposited in the Truckee Marsh during construction of the Tahoe Keys in the 1960s.

The California Tahoe Conservancy will remove about 78,000 cubic yards of sediment over a three- to five-month period.

The plan is to re-create the natural habitat that existed when the Truckee Marsh was a natural wetland, said Rick Robinson, a biologist for the Conservancy.

“You get a whole wealth of benefits,” he said. “You get benefits to wildlife and water quality.”

The conservancy has set aside about $500,000 for street overlays and for safety precautions.

“Safety is a paramount concern, and we will be out on regular patrol making sure that everything runs safely,” Robinson said.

There will be three to four flaggers in the Tahoe Keys helping to regulate traffic and make crosswalks safe. The conservancy will also temporarily restripe the roads where turns occur to ease the flow of traffic in both directions.

During the peak months of summer, in the Tahoe Keys, the average traffic flow is 8,500 vehicles a day, Robinson said. The total haul will be less than a days worth of traffic.

“It’s not going to be bumper to bumper trucks,” he said. “It’s going to be manageable.”

At the end of the project, damage to the street will be assessed and repairs will either be made in the fall or in the summer of 2002, when the city typically improves between 1 to 2 1/2 miles of road per year, said City Engineer Brad Vidro. Annual overlay costs about $300,000 a year.

“Most likely it will just be potholes that will have to be repaired,” Vidro said.

The conservancy has established six possible sites to deposit sediment. The trucks will exit South Lake Tahoe through Stateline and Meyers.

“I feel (the Conservancy) has gone out of their way to meet the needs of the community,” said Councilwoman Judy Brown.

The entire project cost is estimated at $10.5 million and is part of the $908 million Environmental Improvement Plan established in 1997.

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