A project intended to make it safer for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists to travel simultaneously along a stretch of Lake Tahoe's shoreline will trigger night-time road closures next week.
State Route 28 on Tahoe's northwest shore will be closed in both directions between Incline Village and San Harbor State Park so that work crews can install a pre-fabricated bridge deck.
Meg Ragonese with the Nevada Department of Transportation said more than 2.5 million vehicles travel that section of the highway each year.
"On peak visitation days, such as mid-summer, those vehicles mix with as many as 2,000 pedestrians and bicyclists daily who are trying to access the beautiful Lake Tahoe shoreline," Ragonese said.
Keeping pedestrians and bicyclists safely away from motorists is a key reason the bridge is being installed. It's part of a 3-mile long shared-use path that bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use connecting the southern end of Incline Village to San Harbor.
The plan is for construction crews to shut down that part of the highway Dec. 11-13 from 8 p.m. until 6:30 a.m.
"That schedule could change if dictated by Mother Nature," Ragonese warned. "We're closely watching the forecast and hope to be able to complete that bridge deck installation next week. But we'll keep the community updated if it needs to be rescheduled due to weather."