Public Meetings Scheduled for Highway 50 Echo Summit Project


District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Steve Nelson
Phone: (530) 741-4566; (530) 701-9459


Placerville – Caltrans is hosting two public meetings next month to discuss details of a potential full closure of U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit to accommodate bridge construction.

The $14.1 million Highway 50 Echo Summit Sidehill Viaduct project is replacing the existing bridge, which was built in 1939, with a structure that meets current seismic and safety standards. Construction started in May and will be completed either this fall or next spring.

Two meetings have been scheduled to inform the public of a potential full closure of Highway 50 for up to 14 days beginning in late September. The closure is necessary in order for the contractor to install new girders and demolition work on the existing structure.

  • Town Hall, 549 Main Street, Placerville: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • California Conservation Corps Tahoe Center, 1949 Apache Ave, Meyers: Thursday, Sept. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

A signed detour will be in place during the closure (see map for details). Local residents and businesses will be issued passes to use Johnson Pass Road as a detour during the closure. More information on that will be provided at the meetings.

This project includes $5.2 million in funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, was signed into law on April 28, 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. For more information on SB 1, visit Rebuilding California.

Weather or other unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. For more information on the project, visit Way 2 Tahoe on Twitter @way2Tahoe or on Facebook/Way2Tahoe.