Echo Summit bridge replacement project, 2020

A high-altitude (and very picturesque) triumph near Lake Tahoe

In late October at Echo Summit along U.S. Highway 50, Caltrans completed (ahead of schedule!) a two-season project to replace a bridge that served motorists for more than 80 years as they drove to and from South Lake Tahoe. Construction, which started last spring, included a full closure of Highway 50 over the summit this fall to install seven 96-foot bridge girders. This gallery shows how the project unfolded from mid-September until completion. (District 3 photographs by Steve Nelson, Brandon Miller and Tyler R. Harper)