When CalTrans announced they would be performing a three-week maintenance overall on Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe in September, drivers were annoyed to see significant detours over the popular highway. With hard work, CalTrans was able to complete the maintenance project to the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct early, allowing for travelers to easily get to Tahoe once again.
The road work was expected to last until October 3, but on Saturday night the road was reopened to the first car in two weeks:
Here’s the first car to drive over the new Highway 50 Echo Summit bridge after the full closure was lifted at 12:01 am Sunday. Both lanes will be open all day Sunday. Reversing one-way controls start Monday to finish the work. Thanks for your patience. @Way2Tahoe pic.twitter.com/bBcFhSWtKG— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) September 27, 2020
CalTrans will keep the road to one lane during the week, with hopes of completing all road work within the next two weeks.
The road work included a full demolition of the iconic bridge over Echo Summit, which is what visitors drive over when they are greeted with fantastic views of Lake Tahoe while descending into South Lake Tahoe. Now, the drive is once again open and beautiful as ever.
Highway 50 over Echo Summit is back OPEN to traffic today, 5 days ahead of schedule, after a full closure for bridge replacement work. Thanks to motorists for their patience during the closure. @Way2Tahoe @TahoeRoads @CaltransDist10 pic.twitter.com/NSJ8g3bR3r— Caltrans District 3 (@CaltransDist3) September 27, 2020
Great work from CalTrans to make the project as quick and painless as possible. Enjoy your trip to Tahoe!