Road Work on Tahoe Projects Extends Past October 15 Grading Deadline
Contact: Steve Nelson
Phone:  (530) 741-4566


TAHOE CITY – October 15 was the deadline for grading work on Tahoe Basin construction, however several highway projects will extend into at least the end of the month, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today.
Work can continue, weather permitting, as long as it doesn't involve disturbing the soil or if the department has received a grading exception from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Ongoing projects include:
  • On State Highway 89 (West Shore Boulevard), work is scheduled to continue until the end of the month in the Tahoma and Homewood areas. The $41 million project includes adding new drainage infiltration systems, curb and gutter, landscaping, and resurfacing and widening the highway from Tahoma to Tahoe City, about a nine-mile stretch of roadway. Completion is scheduled for fall 2016. Gas line work throughout the project limits was completed this season.
  • On Highway 89 (Emerald Bay Road) in the Meeks Bay area, work will continue to the end of October before going into winter suspension on a $20 million project that is adding curb and gutter and putting in new drainage systems to treat highway runoff, in addition to resurfacing the roadway. Construction has been completed on the northern half of the seven-mile project this season. The remainder of the project, which extends to near Vikingsholm State Park on the southern end, will be constructed next season.
  • On Highway 89 (River Road) from Tahoe City to Alpine Meadows, drainage improvements are scheduled to be complete by the end of the month. The $4 million project called for adding several new drainage inlets and adjusting the cross slope of the highway in some locations to help prevent stormwater runoff from collecting on the highway.
  • On U.S. Highway 50, work is wrapping up on a water-quality improvement project from Johnson Pass Road to Incline Road through the community of Meyers. The $15.3 million project added curb and gutter and new stormwater infiltration systems. It also repaired a section of the Class I bike path, added a new section of Class II bike lanes, installed two new crosswalks, lighting and new traffic signals. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the month.
  • On U.S. Highway 50 (Emerald Bay Road), construction was completed earlier this season on a two-mile stretch of the highway in South Lake Tahoe from the airport to the "Y" intersection with Highway 89. The $12.1 million project installed drainage systems, added curb, gutter and sidewalks, and resurfaced the highway. The four-lane section of the highway was also marked as a Class II bike lane on both sides.
  • Work on Highway 28 (North Lake Boulevard), Placer County's Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project (KBCCIP), also will extend into the end of the month. The $50 million project includes drainage improvements in addition to streetscape enhancements such as roundabouts, sidewalks, bike lanes and new lighting on about a 1.1 mile stretch of the highway. Completion is scheduled for fall of next year. 
All of Caltrans' Tahoe Basin projects are part of the department's commitment to the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP). Caltrans has programmed 21 projects into the EIP since 2007, at a value of approximately $530 million. Caltrans' EIP projects will extend into at least 2020.
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