Road construction on Tahoe routes next week |

Road construction on Tahoe routes next week

Staff Reports

Both major routes leading to Lake Tahoe’s East Shore will see single lane closures next week.

Nevada Department of Transportation road crews will be working on Kingsbury Grade between Foothill Road and Daggett Summit 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Drivers will see single lane closures with a pilot car alternating directions of traffic. Expect moderate travel delays of 10-20 minutes.

State maintenance crews will grade and excavate loosened earth from the bottom of roadside slopes. The eroded natural material will be removed to provide safer roadside shoulders and improved drainage.

Single-lane closures started Thursday on Highway 50 between Carson City and Spooner Summit as the state wraps up a project to reduce roadside erosion and help preserve water quality.

Drivers will see single lane closures 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Aug. 7 in both directions of Highway 50 between Tahoe Golf Club Drive and Spooner Summit.

Travel delays of up to 30 minutes should be anticipated, with most delays averaging under 10 minutes.

Motorists are asked to drive at posted construction speed limits, or slower as necessary for conditions. Drivers should also anticipate and share the road with bicyclists in designated travel lanes.

The two-year road improvement project began in 2019, with a seasonal hiatus winter through early summer.

The lane closures will allow crews to complete the project with final drainage work and installation of new reflective roadway markings.

Aging culverts and drop inlets have been improved and replaced, and new storm drain systems installed to help improve roadway safety against flooding and reduce erosion in downstream drainages. The project also adds enhanced water quality treatments before roadway drainage enters Clear Creek. Additionally, sections of existing guardrail were replaced with concrete barrier rail to improve highway safety and reduce maintenance costs.

Most of the drainage systems were originally constructed when the highway was built more than 50 years ago. The drainage systems carry storm water into the Clear Creek Watershed on the south side of Highway 50. The approximately $8 million project by contractor Granite Construction Company is one part of the Clear Creek Erosion Control Program, a cooperative initiative to reduce erosion and preserve water quality in the upper Clear Creek Watershed.