California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: October 31, 2011 #11-129
District: District 3 - Marysville,
               Jody Jones, District Director
Contact: Deanna Shoopman
Phone:  (530) 741-4566 (desk)  (530) 701-9459 (cell)

New Weather Station Signals an End to Project on U.S. Hwy. 50

 EL DORADO COUNTY – Caltrans announced today that a new Roadway Weather Information Station (RWIS) has been installed west of South Lake Tahoe, officially marking the completion of a project to improve U.S. Highway 50 over the Echo Summit.

The new RWIS will be on line for the upcoming winter season.  Weather data from this station assist in dispatching Caltrans resources more effectively while helping Caltrans inform motorists of fast-changing travel conditions.

“This was a monumental accomplishment by all involved,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Caltrans and C.C. Myers Inc. crews worked around-the-clock in harsh storm conditions to replace the barrier walls quickly.”

Caltrans fully closed Highway 50 in May to replace old rock wall barriers with concrete barriers that meet current safety standards. After re-opening several days ahead of schedule, crews continued to work hand-finishing the concrete barriers, replacing drainage systems, and installing the RWIS.   This project was funded in part ($1.8 million) by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

The new walls feature a rock-like texture that blends into the natural beauty.

A mile-long section of Highway 50 at Echo Summit was also repaved to give motorists a smoother, safer ride on their way to and from Lake Tahoe.

California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local-street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act, please visit:  For additional information on the project, see

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