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Posted on: September 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Full Closure of U.S. Highway 50 for Echo Summit Project started today

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El Dorado County, CA – The full closure of U.S. Highway 50 for the Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct Replacement Project that is scheduled for two weeks started today.

The closure is required to install seven 96-foot bridge girders and associated work.

The full closure of Highway 50 started today and is expected to conclude on Friday, Oct. 2. Weather or other unexpected delays may prolong the closure.

This $14.1 million project includes $5.2 million in funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair, and Accountability Act of 2017. This legislative package invests $54 billion over the next decade to fix roads, freeways, and bridges in communities across California and puts more dollars toward transit and safety.

The Echo Summit project is replacing the existing bridge, which was built in 1939, with a new structure that meets current seismic and safety standards. Construction started in May 2019. Requests for passes for regular commuters over Echo Summit to use Johnson Pass Road as a detour around the worksite can be submitted online at

Motorists who have submitted an application do not have to resubmit.

A detour route also will be available using State Routes 89, 88, 49, and 16. More information on the detour is available here: For more information on the project, visit on Twitter @way2Tahoe or on Facebook/Way2Tahoe.

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