A Sacramento construction company has won a $30 million contract to help Lake Tahoe officials unblock one of the basin’s worst traffic jams.
Tahoe officials announced this past week that they have chosen Martin Brothers Construction, founded in 1996 in Elk Grove, to build new bridges and new highway sections on the west side of Tahoe City, relieving a choke point and safety concern.
The project includes replacing the historic 88-year-old Fanny Bridge, with the same railing design, and adding pedestrian, bicycle and street-lighting improvements. The new junction of Highways 89 and 28 will be moved downstream of the Fanny Bridge area, with a new bridge over the Truckee River there. The project includes several new roundabouts.
Work will begin this fall, but most of the construction will take place in 2017 and 2018. The project is headed by the Tahoe Transportation District in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation, Placer County and other agencies.
Mike Schwartz, North Tahoe Fire Protection District chief, said the changes will help residents and emergency vehicles to get to and from the west shore more easily.
“When dealing with an emergency, every minute counts to save a life or property,” Schwartz said. “Having more than one means to access and egress an area is much more preferable than a single source.”
The road over Fanny Bridge will become a local street, safer for pedestrians and bicyclists, that eventually could be closed at times for community events such as farmers markets and street fairs.
The project includes an additional shared-use bike and pedestrian trail on Highway 28 between Dollar Hill and Tahoe Vista.