FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Traffic-interfering work is complete on a water-quality and roadway improvement project on U.S. Highway 50 in the City of South Lake Tahoe, Caltrans announced today.
This $52.9 million project from the “Y” intersection at State Route 89 to the Trout Creek Bridge constructed new drainage systems to treat stormwater runoff before it enters Lake Tahoe and adjacent water bodies that discharge into the lake. The project also rebuilt the curbs, gutters and sidewalks on both sides of this two-mile section of Highway 50 (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) and increased the roadway width to provide for Class II bike lanes.
Security Paving Company, Inc. was the primary contractor on the project, which started in May 2017.
This work is Caltrans’ final scheduled Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) project. Caltrans has constructed more than 20 EIP projects on state highways around the lake at a cost of approximately $561 million.
“Caltrans is proud of the work we’ve accomplished in the Lake Tahoe Basin to improve the roadways and help protect this beautiful natural resource,” District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal said. “The highways around the lake are more safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient. Mobility also has been vastly improved for all users.”
Launched in 1997, the EIP is a partnership of federal, state, and local agencies, private interests and the Washoe Tribe, created to protect and improve the natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. EIP partners implement projects that include everything from new bike trails to creek restorations to programs that protect the lake from aquatic invasive species.
Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. For project updates, follow Caltrans District 3 on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.