Work on Kingsbury Grade is scheduled to begin May 1 under a plan approved by the Nevada Department of Transportation Board of Directors on Monday.
Directors approved a $14.9 million contract to rebuild the four miles on the Lake Tahoe side of the grade from Highway 50 to the summit.
According to Project Manager Pedro Rodriquez, the work includes taking the pavement down 13 inches to the ground, making water quality improvements, mitigating natural springs, safety improvements at the intersection with Tramway and lights.
The project is bid for 200 days with an estimated completion date of July 4, 2015. In order to meet that date, Q&D Construction may have to close the grade at the summit before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. Work during the rest of the summer would be conducted by reducing traffic to one lane for night work. Alternative routes to Lake Tahoe would include Highway 50 over Spooner Summit or Highway 88 to Picketts Junction and then over Luther Pass. From Minden, Stateline is 17 miles taking Kingsbury Grade, but 33 miles over Spooner Summit. Because Spooner is four lanes the entire way, the trip time would be 45 minutes, compared to 27 minutes over Kingsbury.
Emergency vehicles and buses carrying commuters from Carson Valley to Stateline would be permitted through, according to the state.
Rodriquez said that when there’s weather on the Grade, there will be no roadwork.
The state has scheduled two meetings to gather public comment and discuss the work. The first meeting is 4-7 p.m. March 19 at The Ridge Tahoe Clubhouse. A second meeting is 4-7 p.m. March 20 at Douglas High School in Minden.
For more information, visit the website set up for the project at www.kingsburyproject.com.