No timeframe for permanent fix to US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls |

No timeframe for permanent fix to US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls

Claire Cudahy
There currently is no timeframe for fully repairing a stretch of U.S. 50 that is partially collapsed.
Courtesy of CHP Placerville |

Continually wet conditions are making it difficult to get to work on a permanent fix for the collapsed lane of U.S. 50 east of Bridal Veil Falls.

One of the westbound lanes collapsed on Tuesday due to soil erosion under the highway, and has been causing intermittent closures as crews work to stabilize the hill leading down to the American River.

“It takes a minimum of three to four weeks for there to be any change in the soil conditions, so we are not going to be able to make any permanent repairs until after we have three to four weeks of completely dry weather,” said Liza Whitmore, public information officer for Caltrans.

“When is that going to be? Your guess is as good as mine.”

Outstanding circumstances aside, U.S. 50 is scheduled to be open in one lane each direction near Bridal Veil Falls during the construction period.

Whitmore said Caltrans employees are also driving up and down U.S. 50 several times a day monitoring other areas for signs of slippage.

Caltrans recommends drivers download the app Quickmap for the most up-to-date information on road closures.

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