SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Highway 50 at Echo Summit reopened Saturday, five days before the roadway construction by C. C. Meyers was expected to end.
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The road was fully closed since May 11 to replace the old rock wall barrier with a modern barrier that meets current safety standards and preserves the natural beauty. Caltrans crews will remain on-site at Echo Summit for the next four to six weeks as the finishing work is completed.
During that time, motorists are advised of the following:
• One-way, alternating lane controlled traffic is in effect starting noon today, May 23, through noon, May 27.
• Highway 50 will be completely open in both directions over Memorial Day weekend, beginning at noon, May 27, through 11:59 p.m., May 30.
• One-way, alternating lane controlled traffic will be in effect every Monday through Friday at noon for up to six weeks following the re-opening of Echo Summit.
• The road will be open in both directions every weekend.
• Motorists traveling through Echo Summit to South Lake Tahoe can expect up to a 20 minute delay with one-way, alternating lane controlled traffic in effect.
A time-lapse video of the construction can be viewed below: