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Portion of US 50 near Bridal Veil Falls collapses

Staff Report

A westbound lane of U.S. 50 collapsed near Bridal Veil Falls on Tuesday.

A westbound lane of Highway 50 east of Bridal Veil Falls collapsed on Tuesday due to soil erosion, according to the California Highway Patrol in Placerville.

Caltrans has been monitoring the area since last week when some slippage occurred, and on Tuesday morning the shoulder of the road gave way, followed by one lane of the road.

CHP officials in Placerville said that with the wet weather, new waterfalls have sprung up — between 30 and 40 within just a 3-mile area — and are flowing underneath the roads and down into the American River, causing soil erosion.

"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," said Steve Nelson, Caltrans District 3 public information officer.

Before traveling in the mountains, motorists can check highway conditions by calling 1-800-427-ROAD.