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Death Ride closes Alpine highways

Staff Reports

With hundreds of participants, the annual Tour of the California Alps will start closing highways in Alpine County at 5 a.m. Saturday.

Better known as the Death Ride, the tour will affect California Highway 4 over Ebbetts Pass, Highway 89 over Monitor Pass and Highway 88 over Carson Pass.

According to the California Department of Transportation, Ebbetts Pass will be closed the longest, until 3 p.m.

Monitor Pass will be closed until noon, while Highway 89 from Markleeville to the intersection from Highway 4 will be closed until noon as determined by the California Highway Patrol

Officials anticipate that access to the Carson River north of Markleeville will be available shortly after 7 a.m.

Highway 88 from the top of Carson Pass to Woodfords and a portion of Highway 89 from Woodfords to Markleeville will be subject to lower speed limits and travel delays.

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The highway closures and reduced speed limits are approved under permit from the State of California. Officials asked that motorists plan alternate routes.