Tahoe highway to see temporary closures through Oct. 20
Temporary traffic closures will be in place on Highway 28 south of Incline Village in coming weeks as part of a Nevada Department of Transportation project to construct a shared use path and enhance roadway safety and water quality.
Lane closures, with up to 30-minute travel delays, will be in place all day Wednesday and again Sept. 26 through Oct. 7 near Hidden Beach, one mile south of Incline Village. Crews will be relocating a sewer (effluent) pipe near Sand Harbor and constructing an undercrossing tunnel for the upcoming shared-use path.
In addition, rolling road closures, with delays ranging from 30 minutes to one hour, will occur between 7 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 28 and again on Oct. 2 as wide-load trucks deliver the precast undercrossing tunnel. Northbound traffic will be held at certain locations on State Route 28 from the intersection with Highway 50 Spooner Summit to Memorial Point to allow for the wide loads to pass through safely. Southbound traffic will be allowed to travel behind the wide loads.
To allow the trucks a staging area, the roadside parking lot at Memorial Point scenic overlook will also be closed the evening of Sept. 27 through the morning of Sept. 29, as well as Oct. 1 after 5 p.m. until the morning of Oct. 3.
Following the temporary road closures, periodic lane closures will continue during daytime weekday hours through Oct. 20. Travel delays may reach as long as 30 minutes, but often average five minutes or less. All lanes will be open during non-working hours.
Constructed over the next two to three years, the project will build a three-plus mile shared-use path from the south end of Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park. An underpass will be constructed beneath the highway to bring the path from the east to west side of the road near the Flume Trail. Three new parking areas will be constructed near the Ponderosa Ranch and Tunnel Creek Café, providing safer parking options for the almost one million recreationists who visit the area each year. Centerline rumble strips and emergency roadside turnouts will also be added to Highway 28, further enhancing motorist and pedestrian safety. In addition, water quality improvements such as enhanced roadside drainage inlets, sediment filtration systems and erosion control will be installed to help preserve the quality of stormwater entering Lake Tahoe. NDOT has contracted Granite Construction to implement the project by fall of 2018.
More than two and a half million vehicles a year travel on State Route 28, mixing with as many as 2,000 pedestrian and bicyclists who park and recreate near the roadside on peak days and creating safety and accessibility concerns on the mountainous highway. Nearly 107 crashes occurred in the area between 2006 and 2013; accounting for approximately 25 percent of crashes on State Route 28.
Project information is available at http://www.nevadadot.com/sr28.