Sewer line work snarls traffic |

Sewer line work snarls traffic

Patrick McCartney

Traffic slowed and came to a halt at times Tuesday, when the South Tahoe Public Utility District closed one lane of U.S. Highway 50 to begin repairs to a sewer collection line.

Work will continue for up to another three weeks.

The district closed a westbound lane between Lodi Street and Carrow’s Restaurant to repair damage to an underground collector line that was exposed by the New Year’s Day flood. The district plans to relocate the line beneath the Upper Truckee River to prevent further problems, according to Jim Hoggatt, the district’s construction manager.

“This repair is a real emergency,” Hoggatt said. “We’re fixing the line as soon as possible to prevent a spill.”

District officials estimated the repair project will cost about $735,000.

No spills were reported from the damage to the collector line, which transports up to 2 million gallons a day of untreated wastewater to the district’s treatment plant on Meadow Crest Drive.

The district has applied for federal reimbursement of funds spent on the emergency project.

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