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

2018:06:22 13:04 change for sr88 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr88:
-[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA & SIERRA NEVADA] IS REOPENED TO NORMAL TRAFFIC AT HAM'S STATION (AMADOR CO) AT 1236 HRS ON 6/22/18

2018:05:30 09:29 change for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
-[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] IS CLOSED TO EASTBOUND TRAFFIC AT 65TH ST /IN SACRAMENTO/ (SACRAMENTO CO) - DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE - MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED TO USE AN ALTERNATE ROUTE

2018:06:19 14:33 change for i80 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/i80:
-IS REOPENED TO WESTBOUND TRAFFIC 1.7 MI WEST OF WHITMORE (PLACER CO) AT 1428 HRS ON 6/19/18

2018:06:19 19:48 change for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
-IS REOPENED FROM THE JCT OF US 395 TO 5 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF US 395 (MONO CO) AT 1936 HRS ON 6/19/18 ROUTE

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/ ):
2018:06:22-11:24: Trafficalert Amador County: EB SR-88 at Hams Station, lane is blocked due to an overturned truck and trailer. Please be alert for emergency crews responding to this location and expect delays. No ETO for opening EB lane http://pic.twitter.com/stU0YL7QhX
2018:06:22-12:04: Trafficalert UPDATE Amador County: EB/WB SR-88 at Hams Station, EB lane is blocked due to an overturned truck and trailer. One-way traffic control is using WB lane to get around incident. Expect delays. No ETO for opening EB lane. http://pic.twitter.com/PCzwke2PEn
2018:06:22-13:15: Trafficalert UPDATE Amador County: EB/WB SR-88 at Hams Station, ALL LANES OPEN following cleanup of an overturned truck and trailer. http://pic.twitter.com/dBEj5fiNRi

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for us50 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/us50/twitter/ ):
2018:06:20-16:39: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: YOLO U.S. HWY 50 and I-80 Nighttime Roadwork Scheduled with lane closures continues through the next couple weeks. More information at http://bit.ly/2K88kcI CHPHQ http://pic.twitter.com/G3Ce2VttnH
2018:06:21-16:27: TrafficAlert Hwy 50 near Echo Summit delays caused by one way traffic controls & occasional closures. Caltrans rock crews removing loose rocks & boulders from steep hillsides to reduce risk of rocks in the roadway. Be patient while we work to increase safety! ETO 6 p.m. http://pic.twitter.com/z6sj8wzTrt

Last 3 twitter update from the last 3 days only (if any) for i80 (full archive: http://marc.merlins.org/snow/roadinfo/i80/twitter/ ):
2018:06:19-14:00: Cleaning up lumber debris on WB I-80 at Drum Forebay. Closure due to be lifted shortly. http://pic.twitter.com/34mxWHJyuu
2018:06:19-14:43: TrafficAlert WB I-80 now open at Drum Forebay. Cleanup of the spilled firewood is completed. Thanks to the Caltrans crew from Whitmore Maintenance Station who quickly got the freeway back open. Hats off to all the Caltrans maintenance workers keeping traffic on I-80 moving.
2018:06:20-16:39: TRAFFIC ADVISORY: YOLO U.S. HWY 50 and I-80 Nighttime Roadwork Scheduled with lane closures continues through the next couple weeks. More information at http://bit.ly/2K88kcI CHPHQ http://pic.twitter.com/G3Ce2VttnH

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

2018:06:22 13:04 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.

2018:05:30 09:29 Status for us50 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/us50:
[IN THE SACRAMENTO VALLEY & THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN] EASTBOUND TRAFFIC IS REDUCED TO 3 LANES AT 65TH ST /IN SACRAMENTO/ (SACRAMENTO CO) - DUE TO A BRUSH FIRE

2018:06:19 14:33 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] EASTBOUND TRAFFIC IS REDUCED TO 1 LANE 2.2 MI EAST OF FLORISTON (NEVADA CO) - DUE TO VEHICLE RECOVERY

2018:06:19 19:48 Status for sr89 from http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/sr89:
[IN THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM MONTGOMERY ST /IN MARKLEEVILLE/ TO 2.5 MI NORTH OF MARKLEEVILLE /AT TURTLE ROCK PARK RD/ (ALPINE CO) FROM 0730 HRS TO 1600 HRS MONDAY THRU THURSDAY THRU 6/21/18 - DUE TO MAINTENANCE
[IN THE NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AREA & SIERRA NEVADA] 1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 0.6 MI NORTH OF EMERALD BAY STATE PARK /AT EAGLE POINT CAMPGROUND/ TO 1.6 NORTH OF EMERALD BAY STATE PARL /AT EAGLE FALLS CAMPGROUND/ (EL DORADO CO) 24 HRS A DAY MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAY THRU 1900 HRS ON 6/20/18 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 2.7 MI NORTH TO 3.5 MI NORTH OF TIMBERLAND (PLACER CO) FROM 2000 HRS EACH NIGHT TO 0900 HRS EACH MORNING MONDAY THRU FRIDAY THRU 6/22/18 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS FROM 0.4 MI NORTH OF GREENVILLE TO 0.5 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 147 (PLUMAS CO) FROM 0600 HRS TO 2100 HRS MONDAY THRU TUESDAY & ON THURSDAY THRU 6/21/18 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC FROM THE JCT OF SR 147 TO 1 MI NORTH OF THE JCT OF SR 147 (PLUMAS CO) 24 HRS A DAY 7 DAYS A WEEK THRU 1600 HRS ON 10/31/18 - DUE TO BRIDGE WORK

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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