Westbound Highway 50 Collapsing Near Bridal Veil Falls

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 21, 2017 / comments


DOT UPDATE: Steve Nelson

Date: February 21, 2017

EL DORADO COUNTY – Caltrans is advising motorists to expect delays on U.S. Highway 50 in El Dorado County due to the deterioration of the westbound lanes.  

The slope supporting the highway at Bridal Veil Falls, two miles east of Fresh Pond, slipped several feet last week, requiring the closure of the eastbound #2 lane. The damage has increased this week, impacting the #1 lane.  Highway 50

This section of the highway will be under one-way reversing traffic controls today as contractor Doug Veerkamp Engineering, Inc. sets up k-rail for the work site, and it will be reduced to one lane in each direction for the next few months as repair work is performed to stabilize the slope.

Motorists should check highway conditions before traveling in the mountains by using QuickMap or calling 1-800-427-ROAD. Caltrans will issue updates on Twitter and Facebook.

The Placerville California Highway Patrol office shared photos of the collapsed Hwy. 50 on Facebook.

"The damage to the W/B lanes of US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls continues to deteriorate. Caltrans District 3 is in the process of reducing E/B traffic to one lane to facilitate W/B traffic."

Highway 50 continues to succumb to the weather, with a lane collapsing near Bridal Veil Falls.

New pictures of the collapsed lane were shared by Placerville-area California Highway Patrol early Tuesday morning.

The westbound shoulder of the road began eroding on Sunday and is now completely collapsed. The number 2 lane is now buckling.

Traffic is still slowly moving through the area as the westbound number 1 lane remains open.

Caltrans is dealing with the road.