U.S. Freeway 50 Reopens After Massive Rockslide Cleared Close to Echo Summit – CBS San Francisco

EL DORADO COUNTY (CBS SF) – Traffic is moving again, albeit slowly, after a major rockfall in the sierra that blocked a major artery from the Bay Area to Lake Tahoe on Friday.

Highway 50 has reopened to one lane above Echo Summit after a rock fall occurred shortly after 6 a.m. on US Highway 50 east of Echo Summit, forcing both east and west lanes to be closed.

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Now on Highway 50, early morning rock climbing is being done after blasting boulders east of Echo Summit due to an early morning rock slide. Complete lock still present. We are preparing to open a lane this afternoon.

– Caltrans District 3 (@ CaltransDist3) April 9, 2021

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The Caltrans crews spent the day blasting large boulders to clear the slide and posted a video Friday afternoon saying, “We’re preparing to open a trail this afternoon.”

Rock flaking work is expected to continue, and Caltrans said crews will be on duty 24/7 throughout the weekend to ensure the route remains safe for the trip.

#TrafficAlert UPDATE # 1 in @CountyElDorado: ocksRockslide on the US-50 east of the Echo Summit. EB & WB lanes CLOSED. 🚧 #KnowBeforeYouGo @Caltrux @CHP_Valley @CHP_Truckee @CHPPlacerville @cityofslt @CaltransHQ @ CaltransDist10 @ CaltransD4 @CHPSouthLake @CALFIRENEU @NevadaCountyCA

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– Caltrans District 3 (@ CaltransDist3) April 9, 2021

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