Cops, Caltrans prep for 4th

By From page A2 | June 30, 2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Come this weekend, cops will be out in full force and Caltrans will pull construction crews off the roads to prepare for the influx of visitors.

Construction on Echo Summit will halt from July 1 to July 10. All lanes will be open.

In Nevada, the Department of Transportation stipulates in all contracts that construction crews cannot work the day before a holiday, said spokesman Scott Magruder. Projects on Highway 50 and Highway 28 will be stopped until July 5.

“We understand there’s going to be a lot of traffic,” Magruder said.

Though roads are already backing up with traffic, the majority of the anticipated 100,000 visitors are expected to arrive Friday and Saturday, said Carol Chaplin, director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

“(When people arrive) always depends on how the holiday falls,” Chaplin said. “It might be an opportunity for people to take that long weekend.”

For those looking to avoid the traffic, bikes, the Trolley and walking are all great ways to get around, Chaplin said.

The El Dorado County Task Force will be undertaking an “aggressive DUI enforcement blitz,” according to a press release put out by the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

“The Fourth of July is a time most Americans spend celebrating with family and friends, but it is also one of the year’s deadliest times on our roadways,” said department spokesman Sgt. Shannon Laney in the release. “So we will be out in force cracking down on drunk driving.”


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