NDOT to begin roadway resurfacing on S. Carson Street

Overnight lane closures are taking place on S. Carson Street south of Fairview Drive as the Nevada Department of Transportation begins a project to resurface and improve the road.

Overnight lane closures will take place on South Carson Street between Fairview Drive and Overland Street from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sundays through Fridays. One lane in each direction will remain open, and business access will remain available.

Nearly two miles of roadway between Fairview Drive and Overland Street in Carson City will be microsurfaced for enhanced roadway smoothness and durability. The improvements will help protect and prolong pavement life by resealing the roadway with a new top layer. Certain sidewalk ramps also will be enhanced for better accessibility.

The approximately $1.2 million project by Sierra Nevada Construction is scheduled to finish in the fall. This section of Carson Street was last resurfaced in 2002. The roadway currently serves as a freeway connection for those traveling between the I-580 Carson City Freeway and south of Carson City. The improvements will help preserve the roadway surface of the segment of South Carson Street before it is moved from state ownership to Carson City ownership in 2017. An average of 44,000 vehicles daily travel the road daily.

Reminder of potential travel delays

With road construction to enhance driver safety on U.S. 50 in Lake Tahoe’s Cave Rock area, NDOT is reminding motorists to anticipate minor travel delays during special events such as the American Century Championship golf tournament.

“We encourage everyone to visit and enjoy Lake Tahoe,” NDOT District Engineer Thor Dyson explained. “But, with many visitors traveling to Lake Tahoe, drivers should plan a little extra travel time for road improvements being made in the Cave Rock area.”

NDOT is constructing an approximately 60-foot long and 27-foot tall tunnel extension of the westbound, lakeside Cave Rock tunnel to enhance safety and reduce the potential of rock fall onto the roadway. Lighting and white paint will be added inside each tunnel for better visibility and two new radar-activated overhead signs will be installed to automatically notify drivers of bicyclists or potentially icy conditions in the tunnels. Paving and water quality improvements will also be made. The road improvement project is on schedule, with construction more than 25 percent complete.

Traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction through the eastbound Cave Rock tunnel, with 25-mile-per-hour speed limits. While construction-related travel delays are minimal on average weekdays, travel times through the construction zone can increase during heavily-traveled event and holiday periods. Oversize and overdimensional semi-trucks are not permitted through the tunnel during construction. The approximately $6 million project by contractor Q&D Construction will continue through fall of 2016. Further project information is available at www.nevadadot.com/caverock or by dialing (775) 888-7000.

Meeting to cover improvements of State Route 28

NDOT is hosting a public information meeting on Tuesday, July 26 to provide information on an upcoming project to construct a shared-use path and enhance safety, accessibility and water quality on State Route 28.

The meeting, the second in a series of public meetings to update the community, will provide information on the project construction schedule and traffic impacts. To be 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. Two 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 State Route 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 storm water entering Lake Tahoe.

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.

Thirteen agencies came together to plan the path, which is envisioned as the first step in a future Nevada Stateline-to-Stateline shared-use path connecting from the Nevada-California state line in Crystal Bay to the South Lake Tahoe casino core. The project will be funded through federal, state and local funding sources. The Construction Manager at Risk process will be used, bringing project designers and contractors together at the start of the project with the goal of completing it more quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

The public meeting will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at the Chateau located at 955 Fairway Boulevard in Incline Village, with an informational presentation held at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the open-format meeting at any time between 4 and 7 p.m. to discuss the project and provide comments. Further project information is available at www.nevadadot.com/SR28 or by dialing (775) 888-7000.


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