US 50 construction in South Lake Tahoe concludes for season
Work on U.S. 50 in South Lake Tahoe has concluded for the 2017 season, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently announced.
This season’s work, which started Memorial Day weekend, ran from east of the Y to Winnemucca Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.
Crews wrapped up work as the region entered he back end of a winter storm that dumped several feet of snow in the high country. Ahead of the storm the Nevada Department of Transportation announced it was wrapping up its work in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including work on the mountainside near Cave Rock where large boulders came crashing down earlier this year.
The U.S. 50 work in South Lake Tahoe was phase one of an overall three-year, $56.7-million project that is part of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, a partnership of federal, state and local agencies, private interests and the Washoe Tribe created to protect and improve the natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin, according to Caltrans.
The project involves building a new drainage system to treat stormwater runoff, rebuilding sidewalks, curbs and gutters, widening the highway shoulders to provide class-two bike lanes on both sides, and upgraded traffic signals.
While noting the necessity of the work, some businesses in the construction zone reported negative impacts to their businesses, the Tribune previously reported. Caltrans repeatedly stated it understood the frustration expressed by business owners and residents. It thanked both groups for their patience.
Next season the work will be from Winnemucca to Sierra Boulevard, and the “Y” intersection will be repaved. The overall project is slated to be completed in fall 2019, according to Caltrans.
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