State: Kingsbury will close at summit during first month |

State: Kingsbury will close at summit during first month

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With only 200 days of actual work time to strip 13 inches of pavement and base off four miles of Kingsbury Grade, the state plans to close the highway at the summit in early May.

While residents and businesses will be able to go up the grade from Highway 50, only emergency and bus traffic will be allowed past the barrier at Tramway Drive for the first month.

The state is hosting two public meetings, 4-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ridge Tahoe and 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Douglas High School in Minden.

The approximately $15 million project will reconstruct pavement and make drainage, safety, curb and gutter, sidewalk, lighting and other improvements on areas of Kingsbury Grade from just east of Daggett Summit to the intersection of Highway 50 at Stateline.

"Construction, scheduled to start in early May, will follow a very aggressive schedule to complete the project by July 4, 2015. During month directly prior to Memorial Day and another month after Labor Day, Kingsbury Grade will be closed to through traffic near the summit, just east of Tramway Drive.

Construction will also continue during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day, with Kingsbury Grade open to through traffic, but nighttime construction-related lane closures and delays to be expected. The road will be open with one lane in each direction during daytime hours, weekends and holidays through these summer months.

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The public can sign up for construction alerts and see additional project information at or by dialing 1-844-888-ROAD.

"Kingsbury Grade is a vital thoroughfare," NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez said. "Working with contractor Q&D Construction, we'll reconstruct the roadway and road base to a 13-inch depth, help prevent continuing pavement deterioration from natural springs below the roadway, improve lighting and visibility and do a lot more to keep the road open, accessible and safe into the future. It's our goal to complete this project as quickly and as effectively as possible for everyone who uses and commutes on Kingsbury."

The project uses the construction manager at risk process, which brings project designers and contractors together at the start of the project with the goal of completing it more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

The first Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project public information meeting will be held Wednesday at the Ridge Tahoe, located at 400 Ridge Club Drive in Stateline, and the second will be held Thursday at Douglas High School located at 1670 Highway 88 in Minden.

Both meetings will provide the same information and will be held in an open format, with the public invited to attend any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the project and provide comments. A project presentation will be given both evenings at 5:30 p.m. Comments can also be made before April 4 online at, by e-mail at or by mail to NDOT Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez, 1263 South Stewart Street, Carson City, NV., 89712.

Meeting accommodations for the disabled or those with limited English proficiency can be made by contacting (775) 888-7171.

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