Planned closure on Highway 89 at Emerald Bay |

Planned closure on Highway 89 at Emerald Bay

Caltrans) will perform a full roadway closure of State Highway 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 Sept. 12, at 4 a.m. through Sept. 16, at 4 p.m.; and from Sept. 19, at 4 a.m. through Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. During the closure traffic will be allowed to travel through the work zone between 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Tuesday afternoon through Friday morning. There will be no closure during the weekend from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 a.m. Monday.

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 Highway 89 to Tahoe City, then take Highway 28 along the north and east sides of the lake to U.S. Highway 50 South at Spooner Junction to Highway 89 North at South Lake Tahoe. From the south side of the project, traffic will be detoured the opposite direction: Highway 89 south to U.S. 50 north to Highway 28 south and to Highway 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 traveling public will be able to access sightseeing locations: Vikingsholm, Inspiration Point – Bay View Trail. Expect delays due to One-way traffic control From Inspiration Point to Upper Emerald Bay Road from Sept. 11-23 due to grinding and paving work.

For additional information, visit the Tahoe Roads web page at, or contact the District 3 Public Information Office at or by phone 530-741-4572.

Multiple weekend closures for westbound I-80 in Sacramento

Caltrans has scheduled traffic interfering roadwork requiring multiple lane closures on westbound Interstate 80 in North Sacramento over two-consecutive weekends this month that will add major delays for motorists. The ongoing work is part of the $133 million 80 “Across the Top” project scheduled for completion by fall of this year.

Westbound Interstate 80 will be reduced to two lanes from Longview Drive to Winters Street in North Sacramento due to demolition and pavement construction work. In addition, Caltrans will close the Longview Drive on-ramp to westbound I-80 and the Winters Street off-ramp from westbound I-80. To reach westbound I-80 from Longview Drive, motorists will be directed to follow eastbound I-80 to Watt Avenue to turn around.

For safety reasons, Caltrans must close off the entrance to the right “Local Lane” east of Longview Drive, leaving only the two far left “Express Lanes” open to traffic. As a result, motorists will have no access to the freeway exits at Winters Street, Raley Boulevard, Norwood Avenue and Northgate Boulevard.

Motorists looking for access to these local streets can use the following detour: Take the westbound I-80 express lanes, exit at Truxel Road and get back onto eastbound I-80. Delays of more than 30 minutes are to be expected.

The lane reductions will start at 10 p.m. Friday and continue through 5 a.m. Monday Motorists are encouraged to use Business 80 as an alternate route.

On the following weekend, construction crews will do a complete shutdown of the “Local Lanes” or the number 2 and 3 lanes to westbound Interstate 80 just west of Truxel Road. These lanes, will be redirected to Interstate 5. The closures are scheduled from 6 p.m. Aug. 26 to 5 a.m. Aug. 29.

The far left “Express Lane” will be the only lane open for westbound I-80 to San Francisco until it reopens back to three lanes at the Sacramento River. There will be no access to West El Camino Avenue from westbound I-80. The north and southbound I-5 connector ramps to westbound I-80 will be closed. The northbound Truxel Road on-ramp to westbound I-80 will also be closed.

For an alternate route to westbound I-80 San Francisco, motorists in the far right “Local Lanes” should follow southbound I-5, connect to westbound U.S. Highway 50 to the I-80 junction towards Davis.

The closure is needed for safety reasons and to accommodate demolition and pavement construction work between West El Camino Avenue and the Sacramento River. Delays up to one hour is expected. Access to and from eastbound I-80 will remain open.

Caltrans urges motorists to plan ahead before travelling along this corridor by using an alternate route and to expect serious delays with extended distances.

Additional information is available at

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