Tahoe Road Info for SR88 (kirkwood), US50 (South Lake Tahoe), and I80 (North Lake Tahoe)

or making caltrans road reports more livable

See this link for more details of the problems with Caltrans Communication and why I started this page. To be fair to Caltrans, at least as of 2017, they have been giving updates on twitter.
It is kind of a shame that those updates are not available on their official site, but in the meantime, I've made them available on this page (although this is best effort by scraping twitter)

Purpose

This page helps with the following things:

Other sources of data

Please note the - and + in front of each line: - means the line in the previous report (line removed), and + is in the new report (line added)

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 Caltrans dot.ca.gov UPDATES

2017:08:13 16:04 change for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS REOPENED TO 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 1.7 MI EAST OF THE JCT OF SR 99 /AT WHITE LANE/ (SAN JOAQUIN CO) AT 1556 HRS ON 8/13/17 - DUE TO A TRAFFIC COLLISION

2017:07:29 13:43 change for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
-IS REOPENED TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC 2.1 MI EAST OF TWIN BRIDGES /AT SIERRA PINES RD/ (EL DORADO CO) AT 1338 HRS ON 7/29/17

2017:08:18 20:04 change for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
-[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS REOPENED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AT THE NEVADA STATE LINE AT 1959 HRS ON 8/18/17

2017:08:18 07:09 change for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
-IS REOPENED FROM THE JCT OF SR 44 TO THE JCT OF SR 299 (SHASTA CO) AT 0645 HRS ON 8/18/17

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 Caltrans Unofficial Twitter Announcements

The updates below are scraped from http://twitter.com/caltransdist3 and http://twitter.com/CaltransDist10 (this is best effort and could be missing updates written in a different format. Please note the date and time next to each update)

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for sr88 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr88/twitter/ ):

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for us50 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/us50/twitter/ ):
2017:08:17-16:49: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: 58-Hour Weekend Partial Lane Closure Scheduled for SAC Hwy 50 Pioneer Bridge This Weekend. More at http://pioneerbridgeproject.com http://pic.twitter.com/NaRJqk0YQx
2017:08:18-10:01: 58-HR Weekend Partial Bridge Closure on SAC/YOL HWY 50/Pioneer Bridge continues tonight. SacCountyCA http://pic.twitter.com/6sQfEiZJIB

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for i80 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/i80/twitter/ ):
2017:08:18-20:05: I-80 westbound reopened at the Nevada Stateline due to a mudslide at Farad.
2017:08:19-15:15: Caltrans crew is working to clear debris on I-80 westbound at Farad ,down to one lane open.. due to mudslide on 8/18.ETO 8 pm for #2 lane.
2017:08:19-21:20: I-80 westbound at Farad all lanes open due to ongoing mudslide cleanup .crews will resume Sunday 8/20 at 7 am.

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for sr89 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr89/twitter/ ):

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 STATUS

2017:08:13 16:04 Status for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 1.7 MI EAST OF THE JCT OF SR 99 /AT WHITE LANE/ (SAN JOAQUIN CO) AT 1556 HRS ON 8/13/17 - DUE TO A TRAFFIC COLLISION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 3 MI WEST OF SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO) TO THE AMADOR/ALPINE CO LINE FROM 0600 HRS TO 2000 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 8/19/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

2017:07:29 13:43 Status for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] WESTBOUND TRAFFIC IS REDUCED TO 3 LANES FROM THE JCT OF I 5 /IN SACRAMENTO/ (SACRAMENTO CO) TO JEFFERSON BLVD /IN WEST SACRAMENTO/ (YOLO CO) FROM 1900 HRS EACH NIGHT TO 0600 HRS EACH MORNING MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 9/4/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
IS REDUCED TO 1 LANE IN EACH DIRECTION FROM 3 MI EAST OF POLLOCK PINES TO 1 MI WEST OF RIVERTON /AT BRIDAL VEIL FALLS RD/ (EL DORADO CO) - DUE TO A SLIPOUT - MOTORISTS ARE SUBJECT TO DELAYS

2017:08:18 20:04 Status for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
[IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA - SOLANO CO] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

2017:08:18 07:09 Status for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM 4.3 MI SOUTH TO 4 MI SOUTH OF THE SOUTH JCT OF US 50 /AT UPPER TRUCKEE RD/ (EL DORADO CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1900 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 5.8 MI NORTH OF THE EL DORADO/PLACER CO LINE /AT WARD CREEK/ TO 6.5 MI NORTH OF THE EL DORADO/PLACER CO LINE /AT SPRUCE AVE/ FROM 1900 HRS EACH NIGHT TO 1000 HRS EACH MORNING MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 6.2 MI NORTH OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE /AT EAGLE POINT CAMPGROUND/ (EL DORADO CO) FROM 0600 HRS TO 1800 HRS 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 8/23/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM SATTLEY (SIERRA CO) TO THE SIERRA/PLUMAS CO LINE FROM 0600 HRS TO 1900 HRS THURSDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO MAINTENANCE

Get real time sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 changes via Email

You can subscribe to one or more of those lists (or the last one for all):

This is an Email example (notice the - and + to show the state change):

The data below is a sample, not the up to date data (which is above)
Update in http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr88/ : 2010:12:05 03:55

Change since last update:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 3.5 MI EAST OF SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO) TO PICKETTS JCT (ALPINE CO)
-CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM PICKETTS JCT TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)
+[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 6.5 MI EAST OF PEDDLER HILL TO KIRKWOOD (AMADOR CO)
+CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM KIRKWIOD TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)

New state from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM 6.5 MI EAST OF PEDDLER HILL TO KIRKWOOD (AMADOR CO) CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM KIRKWIOD TO 1 MI WEST OF WOODFORDS (ALPINE CO)

Main page with google maps of Caltrans reporting points:
http://marc.merlins.org/snow/tahoe_caltrans.shtml



Google Maps


Unfortunately Google broke my map with all caltrans reporting points. You have to click on this link to the maps to see it in another window.

Change history

It's not fancy, but I'm providing it in text form for you to download/parse if you wish: Tahoe Road Info History

Weather Underground Nexrad

Weather underground makes a pretty kick ass nexrad map for real time conditions (make sure to click the radar layer)

As an example, this is what it looks like on a 'good' day :)
data below is a sample, up to date data is above



Graphical Map from Caltrans

Caltrans has a map that is useful to showing chain signs and some CHP incident info with graphical location (click CHP incidents and Chain Controls).

Graphical Map from Nevada DOT

Nevada DOT has a nice graphical map that Caltrans could learn from. They do include the CA side of the roads you care about (click on the map to get an interactive one where you can mouse over portions of roads for more details)
Understand that their map based on mostly unparseable Caltrans text data with typos and no rules, and therefore it is unfortunately wrong on occasion.

Looking for reasonably priced lodging at kirkwood?

If so, give Pyramid Peak Properties a call: (877) 659-9376, they have a good selection of rentals are cheaper pricing than what you'll get from the main kirkwood lodge. I'm only giving the req because they've been good to me and I hate having to drive from KW back to South Lake Tahoe for lodging :) (ok, to be fair, it still won't be cheap, KW is not cheap, it'll just be cheaper).

FAQ

Can you support more roads/how do I run this myself?
I'm not really planning on adding more roads, but you're welcome to use my code to do your own: roadinfo script.


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