Highway 50 at Cave Rock to be closed for emergency repairs

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, the Nevada Department of Transportation will contract emergency safety repairs to remove hillside rocks from an area of recent rockfall on U.S. 50 near Cave Rock, Lake Tahoe.

Work will take place from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, westbound travel lanes through the tunnel will be closed. Both directions of traffic will be alternated through the eastbound tunnel, with up to 30 minute travel delays to be expected.

During this weekend’s rains, rocks from the roadside slope fell onto the road, temporarily closing highway lanes near the Cave Rock tunnel on Saturday evening. NDOT maintenance crews removed the boulders from the roadway, some as large as six feet wide.

The approximately $7,000 in emergency repairs will remove potentially loose rocks from the roadside slope near the westbound Cave Rock tunnel entrance. The emergency repairs will be made by Hi-Tech Rockfall, considered an industry leader in rockfall reduction and slope stabilization.

“Making sure that drivers can safely get where they need to go is our top priority, and this work will help ensure safety by reducing the potential of future storm-related rockfall,” NDOT District Engineer Thor Dyson explained.

State road conditions, updates and maps are available at www.nevadadot.com.


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