Highway 28 trail bridge work done
The first in a series of overnight full road closures on Highway 28 between Lakeshore Boulevard and Sand Harbor State Park have been completed ahead of schedule. Originally scheduled to also take place Oct. 30-31, the bridge installations wrapped up ahead of schedule, meaning that overnight road closures will not take place and State Route 28 will be open.
Additional overnight road closures, weather dependent, will occur in mid-to-late November and spring 2019 to install remaining pathway bridge decks. The community will be advised beforehand as additional roadway closures are needed for installation of remaining bridge decks.
Construction-related single lane closures also will continue Mondays through Saturdays between approximately 6:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. over coming weeks, weather permitting.
The Oct. 29 roadway closure allowed for installation of two of five pre-fabricated bridge decks on the three-plus mile shared use path under construction between southern Incline Village and Sand Harbor State Park. The pathway has been excavated and paved, bridge foundations constructed, and 2,800 linear feet of storm drain pipes, a pathway tunnel and 5,000 linear feet of reinforcing wall installed. The bridge deck installations are the final major element of construction. The path is anticipated to open next summer after final drainage, landscaping, paving and other finishing work is complete.
When complete, the new pathway by contractor Granite Construction will enhance safety and mobility for everyone on the roadway. More than 2.5 million vehicles a year travel on State Route 28, mixing with as many as 2,000 pedestrians and bicyclists who park and recreate near the roadside on peak days, creating safety and accessibility concerns on the mountain highway. Three new parking areas near the Ponderosa Ranch and Tunnel Creek Café will also provide safer parking options.