US 50 over Echo Summit reopened after rockslide
Update 2:30 p.m. — Caltrans has reopened one lane on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit, the agency announced at about 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Caltrans said it will continue its work and monitor the rocky hillside all day and night through the weekend to ensure the route is safe.
Highway 50 is back open to one lane over Echo Summit. Rock scaling work continues and our crews will monitor 24/7 through weekend to make sure the route is safe for travel. @CHPSouthLake @CHPPlacerville https://t.co/PyPkdVgsGK— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) April 9, 2021
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A Friday morning rockslide has shut down U.S. Highway 50 in both directions over Echo Summit.
The incident happened at about 5:45 a.m. and a motorist in a Toyota 4-Runner was hit by the slide causing major damage to the vehicle, but no injuries were reported.
The slide happened just east of Echo Summit.
CalTrans is working to open Johnson Pass Road to through traffic but there is no estimation on when it will be open. Eastbound traffic is being stopped and turned around at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
The estimated time to open the road is four to six hours, CHP said in a social media post.
Travelers are advised to use alternate routes.
Question : Is Johnson Pass Road open & can motorists use it as an alternate route due to the closure on US-50 just east of Echo Summit?— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) April 9, 2021
Answer ♀️: No, Johnson Pass Road is CLOSED at this time. There is also a weight limit & big rig restrictions. https://t.co/J82hCuTpxK
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