Public Open House Set for U.S. Highway 50 Echo Summit Bridge Project
2/25/2015
Contact:         Steve Nelson -  steve.nelson@dot.ca.gov
Phone:            (530) 741-4566 office, (530) 701-9459 cell
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Public Open House Set for U.S. Highway 50 Echo Summit Bridge Project
 
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE -- The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is seeking public comment to help guide the department on how to proceed with a bridge project on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit.
 
Caltrans has scheduled an open house on Thursday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road, to present the project alternatives and answer questions.
 
 

Caltrans is currently considering five alternatives and a no-build option. Alternatives being considered include replacing the bridge in one construction season by closing Highway 50 for up to 90 days, replacing it in two seasons with a full highway closure of up to 50 days, replacing the bridge in two seasons with one-way traffic control, or rehabilitating the existing bridge in two seasons with a full highway closure of up to 50 days.
 
The bridge, which is located seven miles west of South Lake Tahoe, was built in 1938 and is showing signs of deterioration. The project is currently in the environmental phase with a Notice of Preparation (NOP) circulating for comment.
 
The NOP is available online at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/Projects/3F350/prjindex.htm or at the El Dorado County libraries in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe.
 
Construction is scheduled to start in 2019. The total cost of the project is about $9 million, depending on the alternative selected.