Echo Summit rock removal |

Echo Summit rock removal

Drivers traveling to and from South Lake Tahoe over Echo Summit may experience delays of up to 30 minutes beginning Monday.

For two weeks the Caltrans will close a 3 1/2 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 50 to clear boulders from the face of the summit.

The road will be closed between Johnson Pass Road and Upper Truckee Road.

West bound traffic will be detoured just west of U.S. Highway 50 and State Route 89 junction. Eastbound traffic will be detoured at the top of Echo Summit.

Trucks and buses weighing more than 10,000 pounds heading eastbound will be taken through the work area and subjected to delays as long as 45 minutes.

A crane will be used to remove boulders weighing as much as 6 tons from the face of Echo Summit.

Caltrans is removing the boulders in order to prevent them from sliding into the roadway, according to Laura Featherstone, a Caltrans media information officer.

The work will start at noon Monday and continue through 7 p.m.

Work will last from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Crews will finish work from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 10 through 12.

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