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Kingsbury Grade Construction Begins

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Part of Kingsbury Grade is closed. That means driving between Minden and Lake Tahoe will require a different route.

The project is happening on State Route 207-- between Highway 50 and Stateline to just east of Tramway Drive. That is where the highway is closed.

For people heading down to the Carson Valley, they have to detour down Spooner Summit, to Highway 395 adding about 15 miles to the trip.

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Crews are grinding up 13 inch pavement on a stretch of State Route 207, with just one lane open. That means plenty of waiting for the pilot car.

"Coming up this morning at about 10 o'clock, I had to wait, I think 10 or 15 minutes to get on 207. And now it looks like, I don't know how long this wait will be," says Kathy Oaks.

"Just make sure you have 30 minutes of extra time because that's how long they can hold you."

Heather DeHan works along this construction project, she says the closure doesn't affect her, but it means a long commute for one of her Carson Valley co-workers. "He's not happy about it. He took the first couple of days of the project off, and he's taking a bunch of days off next week, just to not have to deal with it is all. Use a little vacation time and stay at home."

The Department of Transportation says the $15-million project is overdue, the road bed is being deconstructed and crews will be adding curbs and gutters, sidewalks and lighting improvements. "What this project will allow us to do is really provide a new enhanced road bed and will last quite a few years. There are some natural springs under the road bed, that will be able to mitigate a lot of water quality improvements."

The road closure will last about three weeks but work is expected to last a year to 18 months.

"Through the summer months, residents and businesses will see that there will not be a through traffic closure, but there will be nighttime construction work," says Meg Ragonese, NDOT.

People living in the area say, the construction and delays are worth it if it means getting a better road.

"I think it needs to be done, so we got to put up with it."

"We all need our roads fixed so I guess we'll just have to deal with the delays."

Homes and businesses are still accessible during the road closure. And both emergency and public transportation vehicles are not required to use the detour.

Written by Paul Nelson
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