Highway 50 reopens following rock slide | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Highway 50 reopens following rock slide

A single lane of Highway 50 has been opened for east and west bound traffic following a mud and rock slide late Sunday that closed down the highway for much of today.

The slide was located about 1 mile east of the town of Kyburz on Highway 50, which links the Lake Tahoe Basin to the Sacramento Valley.

No injuries or damage was reported because of the slide, which was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 11:36 p.m. on Sunday.

“We are fortunate the slide happened when it did,” Dinger said.

A preliminary review shows the culprit may be an underground spring that loosened the soil, Dinger said. Forest fires have burned in the area in years past making the highway prone to slides. However, Sunday’s slide was not in an area known for slides.

“This is not an area where we’ve had historic slide activity,” Dinger said.

The slide is located east of Kyburz, several miles away from the 1997 Mill Creek slide, which closed Highway 50 for nearly a month.

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