September. 20, 2012
Thanks to an intense, nearly round-the-clock work schedule and the patience and understanding of North Lake Tahoe residents, Q&D Construction and the Nevada Department of Transportation are set to wrap up work on Mt. Rose Highway (SR431) and state Route 28 (SR28), four years ahead of schedule. And while work continues in the area until October 15, the worst of the lane closures and delays are now over, allowing Q&D to move onto tasks such as clean up, landscaping and final paving.
“The worst is officially behind us and we are eternally grateful to the residents and businesses of Incline Village and Crystal Bay for their patience and understanding over the last five months,” said Brian Graham, project manager from Q&D Construction. “And since the worst is over and disruptions to traffic will be at a minimum, we would like to also take this opportunity to remind citizens to continue patronizing businesses in the area that may have been affected."
Work on the projects began in April and included a roundabout at the intersection of SR431 and SR28, as well as erosion control and water clarity improvements from the same intersection northwest to Crystal Bay and from the summit of Mount Rose to the intersection at SR28. Q&D had initially proposed an expanded work schedule to shave three years off of the project, which was originally estimated to be complete in 2016. The completion of the project in October 2012 reduces the work time by yet another year, saving residents and visitors four years of roadwork inconveniences. A grand opening ceremony for the public is in the planning stages and will be announced at a later date.
The erosion control and roundabout projects are part of the Lake Tahoe Clarity Challenge, which is designed to restore the clarity of Lake Tahoe to a depth of 71 feet by 2016. Funding for the project comes from a combination of state and federal funds including the Tahoe Bond Act and the Highway Safety Improvement Program. Topping off the project is a piece of local artwork, featured in the center of the roundabout at SR431/28, that will be unveiled at the grand opening event.
Residents and visitors may better understand the roadwork schedule and obtain answers to questions on the roundabout and erosion control projects on SR431 and SR28 by visiting http://roadtoblue.com/, e-mailing email@example.com or calling 775-888-7000.