RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Twelve thousand drivers travel Mt. Rose Highway every day. Starting Monday, these commuters will likely experience delays as construction crews are re-paving the state route from Mt. Rose Junction to the summit.
Great Basin Institute is located off of the highway and 400 workers will travel the road this summer. "I’m happy they are doing the work but not pleased by what will be probably be an extra 40 minutes both ways," said Executive Director Jerry Keir.
The non-profit group works on eliminating ladder fuels throughout the Tahoe area to reduce fire concerns. Keir said his bills will go up as do travel times. "The crews work 10-hour days. Those days become a little longer."
The project will also add 18,000 feet of guardrails along with rumble strips and a new drainage system. Construction crews will work both day and night, and Nevada Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Meg Ragonese said to expect delays up to 30 minutes.
"It’s important that we maintain this highway with the amount of tourism that the highway gets," said Keir.
After work, Keir drives up the highway to return to his home just off of the road. He said this path takes a beating every winter and is glad the project will increase safety. "Anything to improve the conditions and improve the safety. I’ve got two kids who drive the highway and I worry every time they pull out of the driveway."
The construction will last through the middle of October and is likely to be extended into next summer.