Echo Summit bridge to be fixed: Caltrans targets 2019 construction
A PROPOSED DETOUR is shown for Highway 50 for the Echo Summit Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project, set to begin construction in spring of 2019. Photos courtesy of Caltrans
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Motorists may not realize they are traversing a bridge when they wind down the east side of Echo Summit toward South Lake Tahoe. Caltrans, the state transportation department, alternately refers to it as a viaduct on its Website. A viaduct is a type of bridge that typically has several spans, usually of equal length. The Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct was constructed with three spans in 1939, and while it's not falling apart, there is significant wear and tear after nearly 80 years of service.
Clark Peri, Caltrans project manager, gave a slide presentation to the Board of Supervisors April 7 outlining the agency's plan to rehabilitate or replace the old bridge. Following public outreach and extensive environmental ... Continue Reading