Need to get in or out of South Lake Tahoe? Here are the open routes
February 14, 2017
With no estimated time for reopening U.S. 50 in either direction, visitors and locals alike will need to factor in extra time when they are driving in or out of South Lake Tahoe.
Caltrans and NDOT crews are working to clear the debris from last week’s mud and rock slides, but with another storm headed into the Basin, more incidents are foreseeable.
The National Weather Service in Reno is forecasting a slight chance of rain Wednesday night, followed by a mix of rain and snow beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday. Accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow is possible. A chance of snow showers is slated for Saturday night through Monday.
Though motorists should check for chain control before departing (www.dot.ca.gov in California and http://nvroads.com in Nevada), here are alternative routes for getting on and off the hill:
From the Bay Area or Sacramento: 1-80 E to CA-89 S (Emerald Bay Road) or CA-16 E to CA-49 N to CA-88 E to CA-89 N
From Reno or Carson City: I-580 S to I-395 S to SR 207 (Kingsbury Grade)
From North Lake Tahoe: CA-89 S (Emerald Bay Road)
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