Stimulus money funds Highway 89 project |

Stimulus money funds Highway 89 project

The California Department of Transportation on Thursday broke ground on a $25 million federal stimulus package-funded project along Highway 89.

The 18-month project will extend from Luther Pass to Highway 50 and will include erosion control measures to improve water quality in the Lake Tahoe Basin, said Caltrans spokeswoman Rochelle Jenkins.

The project will also widen shoulders along the two-way highway by four feet, Jenkins said.

The project will include lane closures and may cause delays along Highway 89. Delays should be no longer than 15 minutes and are most likely to occur during the main construction phase of the project in Summer 2010, Jenkins said.

A Minden-based contractor has been selected to complete the work, which is expected to create about 450 jobs, Jenkins said.

Statewide, Caltrans expects to receive $1.9 billion in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for 526 projects.

Thursday’s project was the 135th of those 526 projects to begin, and the only stimulus-funded Caltrans project in the basin, Jenkins said.

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