State Highway 89 at Emerald Bay Remains Closed


California State Route 89

District: District 3 - Marysville,
Amarjeet S. Benipal, District Director

Contact: Steve Nelson (530) 632-0080


EMERALD BAY –  Caltrans is reminding motorists that the section of State Highway 89 around Emerald Bay remains closed for snow removal operations. The department is targeting Friday to reopen the highway. 

After record snowfall from recent storms buried the highway, Caltrans’ South Lake Tahoe area maintenance crew began the arduous task of clearing the snow with blowers, graders and plows. Crews encountered slides at multiple locations, one as high as 50 feet tall and 300 feet long, and six others between 25- and 30-feet tall. 

map of ice mountain

Check out Caltrans' “QuickMap” for current road conditions and chain requirements at or download the free QuickMap app on the App Store or Google Play. Motorists also can call the California Highway Information Network automated phone service at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623).