STATELINE - Major rock and earth excavation will continue through the weekend on Highway 207 at Kingsbury Grade as Sparks-based A&K Movers have been awarded an emergency $100,000 contract to remove slabs of rock which may collapse onto the roadway.
Kingsbury Grade will remain closed through the weekend. Nevada Department of Transportation officials say the 11-mile stretch of road - which connects the Carson Valley to Lake Tahoe and has about 5,500 vehicles travel on it each day - could open sometime next week.
"They are working 14 to 16 hours a day to get it excavated to the point where we feel it will be safe," said NDOT spokesman Scott Magruder. "We will know more by Monday but it looks promising (that the road will be open) next week."
The road was closed Wednesday morning when an NDOT survey team determined a section of rock had moved, causing instability along a major slope next to the road. The area is uphill from the roadway, about four miles east of the Kingsbury summit, and seven miles west of Highway 206. No homes are threatened.