Temporary Highway 50 Closure Will Result in South Lake Tahoe Bus Detour and Stop Suspensions

September 10, 2020

Update: On September 29, the construction that resulted in the closure of Highway 50 was completed ahead of schedule. Service to and from Placerville is has resumed. Connecting bus service at the Stateline Transit Center and Stateline Kingsbury will remain suspended until Saturday, October 3, due to one-way traffic controls. Buses will serve the Tahoe Wye stop.

Beginning Friday, September 18, Highway 50 in the Sierra Nevada will be closed for two weeks, with an expected reopening on Saturday, October 3. The closure is required for Caltrans to install bridge girders to seismically retrofit a bridge near Echo Summit.

Capitol Corridor’s connecting bus service will operate between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe Wye ONLY and will detour around Highway 50, as shown on the map above.

Detour Details

Connecting buses traveling to South Lake Tahoe from Sacramento will detour along Highways 16 and 88, and arrive at the South Lake Tahoe Wye bus stop via Highway 89. The detour will add about 40 minutes to the trip, making the total run time between the Sacramento Station and the South Lake Tahoe Wye stop approximately three hours.

In order to limit additional travel times caused by the detour, connecting buses between Sacramento and South Lake Tahoe will NOT serve the Placerville, Stateline Transit Center, or Stateline Kingsbury stops until Highway 50 is reopened. Only South Lake Tahoe Wye will be served.

If traveling by car or another mode of transportation, Placerville is still accessible from Sacramento via Highways 16 and 49.

Prior to the full closure, one-way traffic control along the highway is scheduled to begin Sunday, September 13, lasting until the full closure on Friday, September 18. Motorists and bus passengers may experience travel delays as a result.

Click here to learn more about the Echo Summit Project and view a map showing the detour area.