Caltrans Completes Highway 89 Repavement Project
Shoulder-to-shoulder repave improves motorist, cyclist safety and saves money
Marysville, CA – Caltrans (District 3) announced today that the shoulder-to-shoulder repavement project on Highway 89 from Squaw Valley Road to West River Street is complete. The $7.2 million project improves the surface for bikes and motor vehicles, and includes water quality protection from stormwater drainage. It also extends the pavement life an additional 10 years and significantly reduces future maintenance costs.
“This project is an important investment in our infrastructure,” said Caltrans District 3 Director, Jody Jones. “In recent years, our crews have increasingly had to repair major stretches of the travel lanes and shoulders to prevent further erosion, correct water drainage problems, and improve safety. The shoulder-to-shoulder repavement immediately reduces maintenance costs and improves motorist and cyclist safety.”
Stretches of Highway 89 have had extensive pavement failure, including cracking, rutting, and insufficient water drainage that threatened the roadbed. The last shoulder-to-shoulder repave was nearly 20 years ago. The travel lanes received additional resurfacing in various projects during 2003 – 2006 but excluded bike lanes/shoulders, presenting particular challenges for cyclists. The repavement project was completed in one construction season. The prime contractor for the project was Sierra Nevada Construction (SNC) of Sparks, Nevada.
“We brought our concerns to Caltrans and they were extremely responsive,” said Paco Lindsay of the Truckee Trails Foundation. “We are thrilled the project is done and that the cycling community’s safety was taken into account.”
“We want to thank motorists, cyclists and the local residents for their patience and support during the project,” concluded Jones. “We are confident the improved roadway was worth the wait.”