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

2017:06:12 10:15 change for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] CHAINS OR SNOW TIRES ARE REQUIRED FROM 6.5 MI EAST OF PEDDLER HILL TO SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO)
-CHAINS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT 4-WHEEL-DRIVE VEHICLES WITH SNOW TIRES ON ALL 4 WHEELS FROM SILVER LAKE TO 3.5 MI EAST OF SILVER LAKE (AMADOR CO)

2017:06:19 17:24 change for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
-CAPITAL CITY FREEWAY IS REOPENED TO SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC & REDUCED TO 2 LANES AT "E" ST /IN SACRAMENTO/ (SACRAMENTO CO) AT 1713 HRS ON 6/19/17 - DUE TO A VEGETATION FIRE

2017:06:23 02:26 change 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] IS CLOSED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AT DONNER LAKE RD /IN TRUCKEE/ (NEVADA CO) FROM 0800 HRS TO 1600 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE
+[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AT DONNER LAKE RD /IN TRUCKEE/ (NEVADA CO) FROM 0800 HRS TO 1600 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

2017:06:22 12:10 change for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
-IS REOPENED 2.7 MI SOUTH OF TRUCKEE /AT CABIN CREEK RD/ (PLACER CO) AT 1205 HRS ON 6/22/17

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/ ):

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for i80 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/i80/twitter/ ):
2017:06:23-16:50: trafficalert Donner Lake Rd. under I-80 closed. EB ramps open. WB: go to next exit -Castle Peak- to access EB 80 and use EB ramps to DL Rd. http://pic.twitter.com/9DIwbQtBiP

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for sr89 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/sr89/twitter/ ):
2017:06:23-10:43: Temporary patching of bad sections of Hwy 89 between Squaw and Truckee ongoing. Permanent grind and pave later this season. http://pic.twitter.com/TAUxE9lP1E

Latest sr88, sr89, us50, and i80 STATUS

2017:06:12 10:15 Status for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] NO TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS ARE REPORTED FOR THIS AREA.

2017:06:19 17:24 Status for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 5.6 MI EAST OF RIVERTON /AT ALDER CREEK RD/ (EL DORADO CO) FROM 0600 HRS TO 1800 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 6/23/17 - 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
CAPITAL CITY FREEWAY SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC IS REDUCED TO 2 LANES AT "E" ST /IN SACRAMENTO/ (SACRAMENTO CO) AT 1713 HRS ON 6/19/17 - DUE TO A VEGETATION FIRE

2017:06:23 02:26 Status for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
[IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA - SOLANO CO] THERE IS A DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT AT THE SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE /IN SAN FRANCISCO/ (SAN FRANCISCO,ALAMEDA CO) - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO DRIVE WITH CAUTION
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS CLOSED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC AT DONNER LAKE RD /IN TRUCKEE/ (NEVADA CO) FROM 0800 HRS TO 1600 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 8/18/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION - A DETOUR IS AVAILABLE

2017:06:22 12:10 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] IS CLOSED FROM THE LASSEN VOLCANIC NAT'L PARK SOUTH BDRY TO THE JCT OF SR 44 /LASSEN LOOP/ (TEHAMA, SHASTA CO) - FOR THE WINTER - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM BLISS STATE PARK TO 2.2 MI NORTH OF BLISS STATE PARK /AT 4 RING RD/ (EL DORADO CO) FROM 0630 HRS TO 1700 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY THRU 6/22/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 2.2 MI NORTH OF THE EL DORADO/PLACER CO LINE /AT FAWN ST/ TO 2.5 MI NORTH OF THE EL DORADO/PLACER CO LINE /AT TROUT ST/ FROM 1000 HRS TO 1800 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY THRU 6/22/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 1 MI SOUTH OF TAHOE CITY /AT WARD CREEK/ TO SPRUCE AVE /IN TAHOE CITY/ (PLACER CO) FROM 0400 HRS TO 1800 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 6/23/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 4.5 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 28 /AT TRUCKEE RIVER BRIDGE/ (PLACER CO) TO DONNER PASS RD /IN TRUCKEE/ (NEVADA CO) FROM 1800 HRS EACH NIGHT TO 0600 HRS EACH MORNING WEDNESDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 6/23/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM HOT SPRINGS RD TO MILL ST /IN GREENVILLE/ (PLUMAS CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 1800 HRS MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 6/30/17 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

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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