Sand Vault Installations Set to Begin on Highway 89 Project in Lake Tahoe
Date:        Aug. 16, 2013  #13-236
District:    District 3 - Marysville,
                 Jody Jones, District Director                       
Contact:    Steve Nelson
Phone:    (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459


Sand Vault Installations Set to Begin on Highway 89 Project in Lake Tahoe

HOMEWOOD – Work is set to begin next week installing drainage sand vaults on State Highway 89 as part of the multi-year, $41 million project on Lake Tahoe's West Shore, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today.

Work started in 2012 at the El Dorado/Placer county line and is scheduled to finish in Tahoe City in 2016.

Caltrans' contractor, Road and Highway Builders, LLC, will be removing some trees and installing nine sand vaults and a box culvert drainage crossing in the Homewood area during the first phase of Caltrans' portion of the project, beginning Monday, Aug. 19. That work is expected to extend until Oct. 15.

Southwest Gas' contractor for the gas line work, Arizona Pipeline, has finished Phase 2 of its portion of the project and has been authorized to extend the work another 3,000 feet during this construction season to just north of Ward Creek near Sunnyside.

Beginning next week motorists can expect one-way traffic control at the following locations Monday through Thursday:

•    from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. between Grand Avenue and Ward Creek for the gas line work
•    from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. between Tahoma and Homewood for the sand vault installation
•    from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Tahoma and Homewood for tree removal

Construction ceases at 10 a.m. on Fridays and there are no lane closures on weekends. The total delay through all three traffic-control areas should not exceed 20 minutes.

Gas line relocation work will be completed next year. Road construction is scheduled in 2014 up to Cherry Street, to Ward Creek in 2015 and finish at the intersection of Highways 89 and 28 in Tahoe City in 2016. The work includes drainage improvements, widening sections of the highway, adding left-hand turn lanes and repaving.

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