Public Open House Scheduled for Highway 50 Construction Work
Contacts: Caltrans District 3: Steve Nelson: (530) 741-4566
Southwest Gas: Sonya Headen: (702) 364-3411

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE - The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and Southwest Gas are hosting a public open house April 23 to discuss upcoming construction work on a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe.

The open house is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. at City Hall located at 1901 Airport Boulevard. Staff from both organizations will give brief presentations and then be available for questions. Informational handouts will also be available.

A contractor for Southwest Gas will be doing gas-line relocation work that is set to start in June on Highway 50 (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) from the "Y" intersection with State Highway 89 at Tahoe Boulevard. The work will take one season to complete and will be followed by a $57 million Caltrans project to rebuild that stretch of highway with curb, gutter, sidewalks and new drainage systems. The gas lines need to be moved first before the drainage systems can be built.

Caltrans' project is scheduled from 2017 to 2019, and will be tying in to work already completed on Highways 50 and 89 through the city.

The work is part of the commitment from Southwest Gas and Caltrans to Lake Tahoe's Environmental Improvement Program (EIP), designed to protect Lake Tahoe. Caltrans has committed to building 21 EIP projects all around the lake at a cost of $530 million.

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