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CalTrans Delays Closure Of Highway 50

CalTrans Delays Closure Of Highway 50

Due to delays in receiving key parts to fix an 80-year-old bridge, the proposed road closure over Echo Summit has been pushed back. The project was slated to begin this month but Caltrans announced they will delay the project until later next year. About a half-mile of the highway was scheduled to be closed from Oct. 18 to Oct. 31, creating a lengthy detour for drivers trying to get to South Lake Tahoe.  Instead, the contractor for the bridge project will winterize the job site and come back next year.  Besides the bridge girders, the project includes paving the approaches to the bridge, constructing new barrier walls and demolishing the existing structure that was built in 1939.  Crews are still working on the bridge in the meantime.  The work is taking place Monday through Friday during the day.  Drivers can expect reversing one-way traffic and delays of up to 20 minutes.  The closure is part of a $14.1 million bridge replacement project aimed at constructing a new structure that will meet current seismic and safety standards.                                                                                                                           

Written by KVGC Staff

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