CALTRANS COMPLETES PROJECT TO PRESERVE
LAKE TAHOE’S WATER QUALITY
EL DORADO COUNTY – Caltrans announced today that it has completed a project on Highway 89 that will safeguard water quality in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin. The $17 million project received $11 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).
“Caltrans is strongly committed to protecting California’s streams, rivers, lakes, and beaches,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Water quality is an essential concern during all Caltrans construction projects.”
Highway 89 is a rural, two-lane highway in the environmentally-sensitive Tahoe Basin.
The project will direct roadway water runoff to treatment collection facilities, helping preserve Lake Tahoe’s water quality. The project also widened highway shoulders, constructed curbs and gutters, and repaired and constructed new drainage facilities between the Alpine County line and Highway 50.
California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local-street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act, please visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/.