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Road work could cause delays this week

Adam Jensen

Adam Jensen / Tahoe Daily TribuneVehicles pass by a segment of rock wall on Highway 50 Friday afternoon that was destroyed by a big rig hauling a wide load on Monday. Traffic delays are expected next week while Caltrans crews repair the barrier.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Two repair projects along Highway 50 are expected to cause delays on South Shore roadways starting Monday.

During the first project, Caltrans crews will fix a segment of wall along Highway 50’s Echo Summit portion that was destroyed when a big rig hauling a wide load struck the wall about 4 p.m. June 14, said CHP spokesman Jeff Gartner.

It’s unclear whether the driver of the truck realized they struck the wall, Gartner said.

Repair of the wall will be temporary, said Caltrans spokeswoman Rochelle Jenkins. Caltrans will undertake a complete repair of the crumbling barrier along Highway 50 over Echo Summit in May 2011.

The repair work will entail a one lane closure of the highway from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Jenkins said.

The second repair project, between Lake Tahoe Airport and Pioneer Trail, will run 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Jenkins said.

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That project will fix a stretch of asphalt damaged during the winter and also involves a one lane closure, Jenkins said.

Jenkins estimated 30 to 40 minutes delays because of the projects, but said hold ups could be longer depending on traffic.

Caltrans launched a new Web site this week,, to provide information on road work in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The site is operational, and more features will be added in coming weeks, Jenkins said.