Work Complete on U.S. Highway 50 Project in South Lake Tahoe
Contact:         Steve Nelson
Phone:            (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459 cell
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Construction of another water-quality improvement project in the Lake Tahoe Basin was recently completed, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today.
Caltrans' contractor Granite Construction reconstructed two miles of U.S. Highway 50 (Emerald Bay Road) from the South Lake Tahoe Airport to the "Y" intersection with State Highway 89.
The $12.1 million project, which spanned two construction seasons, added new drainage systems, curb and gutter, sidewalks, and Class II bike lanes throughout the four-lane section of the highway, in addition to repaving the roadway.
The project is one of 21 Caltrans has committed to in the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) dating back to 2007 at a total value of $530 million.
All of the Caltrans EIP projects are designed to rehabilitate and reconstruct highway drainage systems – allowing roadway run-off to be directed to treatment collection facilities for infiltration rather than flowing directly into Lake Tahoe and its tributary waterways. Caltrans has EIP projects in the Basin programmed through 2020.
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