Starting early next month, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) will begin commercial vehicle restrictions as part of a two-year construction project to improve two mountainous Tahoe area roads.
From May 3 through fall, NDOT is restricting commercial truck through traffic of 26,000 pounds or greater on westbound Mt. Rose Highway (State Route 431) further than the Mt. Rose ski area. Eastbound truck traffic will be permitted.
NDOT says that the truck travel restriction is a safety precaution to prevent trucks traveling down the mountain potentially encountering brake issues in the road work zone.
In addition to the truck travel restrictions, NDOT warns drivers to expect shoulder and single lane closures on Mt. Rose Highway from the summit to Incline Village and State Route 28 from Crystal Bay to near Sand Harbor State Park as crews repave the roadway.
You can see a full list of planned improvements for the two-year project below.
State Route 28 from Nevada/California border to Ponderosa Ranch Road in southern Incline Village
- Repaving- Four inches of roadway asphalt will be removed and replaced.
- Select roadway cross slopes will be reconstructed for enhanced roadway alignment and drainage.
- Drainage and guardrail improvements will enhance roadside safety and water quality, ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe.
- Enhanced sidewalks, sidewalk ramps and driveway accesses will provide additional roadway connectivity, accessibility and safety.
- An aging timber retaining wall on State Route 28 approximately a half mile south of Memorial Point lookout will be reinforced with a soil nail wall. Anchor bars and “shotcrete” concrete will create the soil nail wall to help reinforce against age-related settlement.
- Drainage improvements will be made where Marlette Creek crosses underneath SR 28, enhancing water quality and ensuring additional stormwater treatment before reaching Lake Tahoe.
State Route 431 (Mt. Rose Highway) from State Route 28 roundabout in Incline Village to Tahoe Rim Trailhead at Mt. Rose Summit
- Repaving- Three inches of roadway asphalt will be removed and replaced.
- New concrete barrier rail- aging roadside concrete barrier rail will be upgraded on multiple segments of the corridor.
- Select roadway shoulders will be reconstructed and flattened.