District: District 3 - Marysville, www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
Amarjeet S. Benipal, District Director
Contact: Steve Nelson
Phone: (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Motorists can expect longer delays on a section of U.S. Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe beginning next week when lane restrictions will be increased.
Work has been suspended for the Labor Day holiday weekend, but beginning Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., the contractor, Security Paving Inc., can reduce the highway to one open lane in each direction around the clock until 11 a.m. on Fridays. The work schedule for the remainder of the construction season starting the week of September 10 will be around the clock from midnight Sunday to 11 a.m. Friday. Motorists can expect delays of up to 30 minutes.
Construction on the $56 million water-quality improvement project is taking place from the “Y” intersection with State Highway 89 to Winnemucca Avenue this season, which is the first of three phases. The project will eventually extend to Trout Creek, covering two miles of the highway with new drainage filtration systems, curbs and gutters, new sidewalks, a wider highway to include 6-foot shoulders on each side, and a new roadway surface. Completion is expected in fall 2019.
The project is part of Caltrans’ commitment to the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) to help protect Lake Tahoe’s world-famous clarity by filtering stormwater runoff of pollutants before it enters the lake. It will be the last of 22 EIP projects Caltrans has built on state highways all around the Lake Tahoe Basin.
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