With recent completion of roadway reconstruction work on the commercial section of Kingsbury Grade near Highway 50, the project to reconstruct the main route between Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe is on schedule in advance of a September closure, transportation officials said.
Since the project’s start in May, nearly 1.5 miles of roadway has been reconstructed, including excavation of nearly 7,000 cubic yards of old road and placement of 10,300 tons of new asphalt.
Thus far, 1,400 linear feet of storm drain pipe have also been installed as one part of the project’s drainage improvements to enhance roadside drainage and Tahoe basin water quality.
Most recently, road reconstruction and paving work from the base of Highway 50 to Pine Ridge Drive was completed at the end of July. Roadside work such as signage, utility and drainage improvements will continue, with single lane closures and delays of up to 30 minutes during overnight hours through August.
Beginning Sept. 2 to October, Kingsbury Grade will be closed to through traffic near the summit, just east of Tramway Drive. During that time, non-permitted through traffic will not be able to travel through the Kingsbury summit area between Lake Tahoe and Carson Valley. Residences and businesses located on Kingsbury Grade will continue to be accessible by Highway 50 at Tahoe.
The approximately $15 million project by contractor Q&D Construction will reconstruct pavement to a 13-inch depth, helping prevent continuing pavement deterioration from natural springs below the roadway, and make drainage, safety, curb and gutter, sidewalk, lighting and other improvements on Kingsbury Grade from just east of Daggett Summit (Tramway Drive) to the intersection of Highway 50 at Stateline.
Motorists are asked to obey traffic controls and drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. Further project information is available at www.kingsburyproject.com or 1-844-888-ROAD.