Summer 2022 Lake Tahoe Road Information

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Summer is here and that means many construction projects can move forward. This includes many road and infrastructure improvements in both California and Nevada. A combination of increased tourist traffic and road closures may cause delays.

The following information can help you find alternative routes and ensure that you spend more time playing in the Lake Tahoe basin.

Lake Tahoe Nevada Roadwork

The Nevada Department of Transportation will be working this summer to enhance portions of state routes 431 and 28 in Incline Village. During the summer of 2021, NDOT installed an Intelligent Traffic System underground to accommodate Mt. Rose Summit to Highway 28, and from Crystal Bay to the Northwood/Southwood Blvd intersection.

This summer, improvements will include:

  • Cross slopes on selected roadways will be reconstructed for enhanced drainage.
  • Sidewalk improvements, ramps and driveway access.
  • Guardrail and drainage improvements to enhance roadside safety.
  • Improvements to impede stormwater from reaching Lake Tahoe.
  • Repaving 8 miles of SR 431 from roundabout in Incline Village to Tahoe Rim Trailhead at Mt. Rose Summit.

Initial work had closed lanes during the day between 7am to 5pm. However, from May to October, single lane closures will remain only from 8 p.m. Sundays through noon on Fridays. Weekends will remain free of road closures.

Additionally, trucks will be banned from traveling westbound over Mount Rose Highway (SR-431) between the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe and Incline Village.

NDOT said the truck closure is a safety precaution to prevent descending trucks from encountering brake issues in the road work zone. However, trucks will be allowed to travel eastbound from Incline Village to Reno.

For more information, see

Lake Tahoe California

Long Term

In El Dorado County on U.S. Highway 50, a $55 million safety project in the Camino area will continue through the summer. It will replace the existing concrete median barrier and fill in the gaps in the barrier, build an undercrossing to provide access to the north and south sides of the highway. Additionally, they will construct a wildlife undercrossing, drainage upgrades and local road improvements.

July 25-31

On US Highway 50, beginning Sunday, July 25 the highway is scheduled to be reduced to one lane in each direction for up to 20 consecutive days for installation of a wildlife undercrossing. In addition, drainage work and construction of the Ponderado Undercrossing continues the north side of Highway 50 behind k-rail with no lane reductions.

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County): Work continues on a $19 million project to stabilize the westbound section of the highway in Fresh Pond by building a 428-foot-long retaining wall, concrete barrier and repaving the highway. This location has a history of surface cracking and sinking. Westbound Highway 50 is reduced to one lane through the construction zone. Work was scheduled to complete in Spring 2022. You can check road information here.

Short Term

In Placer County, State Route 28 from just west of Brassie Avenue near the Safeway shopping center to Pino Grande Avenue: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Friday for gas line relocation work. Day time traffic should be unaffected.

U.S. Highway 50 (El Dorado County) from Bass Lake Road to Twin Bridges Road: Eastbound and westbound motorists can expect intermittent ramp, shoulder and lane closures at various locations from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday for pile driving and electrical work.

State Route 89 (El Dorado County) from Vikingsholm Vista Point to the Placer County line in Tahoma: Motorists can expect one-way traffic control at various locations from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday for drainage work. For more information on California road closures click here.

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