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Travel delays expected for construction of new pathway on SR-28 in east Tahoe

A groundbreaking was held for a new pathway on State Route 28 in east Tahoe on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (Sinclair Broadcast Group)

Gov. Brian Sandoval and 15 organizations came together Friday to break ground for the new pathway on State Route 28 in east Tahoe.

The busy and narrow highway will be expanding for safety and water quality.

"It's a really special day for all of us,” said Sandoval. “Most of us would've never imagined a day when there would be a path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor, and soon people will never imagine a day without one."

With Tahoe drawing more than 13 million visitors every year, preserving the quality of life around the lake is a must.

The project will include a 10-foot-wide pathway, more parking and erosion control.

"This project is very important, not only for us and those that live around it but those that visit from outside of the state. It's very important that we have something like this. We need to take care of it,” said Bill Hoffman, deputy director of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

Three-plus miles are being built to get to Sand Harbor. The pathway is meant to benefit pedestrians and bikers.

For one resident, being able to safely walk from Incline Village to the beach means so much more. So much in fact that he played a major role in the project.

"I made a few phone calls, and then I did go to a few doors to people that didn't answer their phone. But I was able to raise a good part of the money through donations,” said Kern Schumacher.

In less than a week, Schumacher raised $6,000. Now his heart is full knowing that in a few years, he's made a big difference.

"I feel great about it because it's good for the public and everybody in Incline. Everybody in Incline is going to use this,” he said.

The project will continue from now until mid-October for the next two summers. The first phase is estimated to cost $4 million.

ROAD CLOSURES/DELAYS

The updates will cause up to 30 minute delays for some travelers, due to lane closures.

Delays will occur all day on Wednesday, September 21 and again on Monday, September 26 until Friday, October 7 near Hidden Beach, one mile south of Incline Village, as crews relocate a sewer pipe near Sand Harbor and construct an undercrossing tunnel for the new path.

Rolling road closures will occur between 7 and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 28 as well as Sunday, October 2 as wide-load trucks deliver precast undercrossing tunnel. Northbound traffic will be held at certain places on SR 28 from the intersection with U.S. 50 Spooner Summit to Memorial Point to allow wide loads to pass safely.

The Memorial Point scenic overlook roadside parking lot will be closed the evening of September 27 to the morning of September 29, as well as October 1 from 5 p.m. until the morning of October 3 to allow trucks to have a stageing area.

Periodic lane closures will occur during daytime weekday hours through October 20 after that point.


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