Full Road Closure Planned for State Route 89 at Emerald Bay in September

El Dorado County, Calif. – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform a full roadway closure of state Route 89 near South Lake Tahoe from just south of the Cascade Creek Bridge to Bayview Campground and Inspiration Vista Point.

The full roadway closure is scheduled for two weeks beginning Monday, Sept. 12, at 4 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m.; and from Monday, Sept. 19, at 4 a.m. through Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. During the closure traffic will be allowed to travel through the work zone between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m. Monday afternoon through Friday morning. There will be no closure during the weekend from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.EmeraldBay_map

During the time of the full closure, traffic will be detoured to the north and the east side of the lake going into the Nevada. From the north side of the project the detour will take state Route 89 to Tahoe City, then take state Route 28 along the north and east sides of the lake to U.S. Highway 50 South at Spooner Junction to state Route 89 North at South Lake Tahoe. From the south side of the project, traffic will be detoured the opposite direction: state Route 89 south to U.S. 50 north to state Route 28 south and to state Route 89 south.

This work is part of the $13 million Emerald Bay water quality improvement project. The closure is for one portion of the project’s cold planing and hot mix asphalt paving work located on a ridge with steep slopes on either side of the roadway immediately adjacent to paved surfacing with steep mountainous terrain and tight switchbacks. In this portion of the project, the paving operations would not be possible with conventional reversing traffic control as larger construction equipment and public vehicles would not physically be able to pass each other.

The work is subject to changes due to weather or unexpected events.

The traveling public will be able to access site seeing locations: Vikingsholm, Inspiration Point – Bay View Trail. Expect delays due to One-way traffic control From Inspiration Point to Upper Emerald Bay Road from September 11 through September 23 due to grinding and paving work. For more information, visit http://www.tahoeroads.com/.

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