A huge rock slide caused the closure of Highway 50 on Friday, about 12 miles outside Lake Tahoe, CA. The slide in El Dorado County, was east of Echo Summit and also caused Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort to close for the day.
Sierra will remain closed for the day due to uncertainty with HWY 50’s reopening. Closing weekend is full of events like live music from Mescalito on Saturday + John Rice’s, Preacher’s Pickers on Sunday! Sport jorts + retro gear to end the season in proper Sierra-at-Cabo style!
— Sierra-at-Tahoe (@Sierra_at_Tahoe) April 9, 2021
Caltrans advised people traveling to South Lake Tahoe to take an alternative route, including Highway 80 to Truckee as well as Highway 88.
The driver of a Toyota 4-Runner was uninjured when the huge boulders hit their car at around 5:45 am.
UPDATE: Crews blasted a pile of boulders that came down in a rockslide that blocked both directions of Highway 50 near Lake Tahoe for several hours. One lane has reopened, Caltrans said. https://t.co/JCb1Kf7QBq
[Video: Caltrans District 3] pic.twitter.com/ux8Ehjvb1B
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) April 9, 2021
Crews opened one lane the following day as they continued to blast the rocks.
April 10, 2021
CALTRANS will be conducting one-way traffic on US-50 at Echo Summit for blasting. More rock will be removed for safety near dry bridge due to the rock slide from yesterday. Please be patient and drive safely though this area.
— CHP South Lake Tahoe (@CHPSouthLake) April 10, 2021