Erosion under bridge closes Cold Stream Road |

Erosion under bridge closes Cold Stream Road

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Cold Stream Road bridge over Donner Creek near the west end of Truckee remained closed Tuesday after a work crew noticed something amiss on Monday.

Underneath the bridge on the downstream side, soil had eroded up to the underside of the road, leaving sections of unsupported pavement precariously suspended above two large holes in the earth. The bridge was promptly closed to through traffic.

As a precaution to prevent cars from being stranded on the wrong side of the bridge, employees working at nearby businesses were asked to move their cars to the freeway side.

Foot traffic was allowed to cross, although pedestrians were required to have an official escort once repair work began.

Town Manager Tony Lashbrook said the Truckee Meadows Water Authority reduced the flow of the creek to three cubic feet per second to allow aid in the repairs.

and#8220;Getting the road open is a top priority,and#8221; said Lashbrook in a statement. and#8220;We are working closely with the business owners in the area to keep them informed and will be providing regular updates to the community on the road closure.and#8221;

Business affected by the closure include the Sierra Sun, Chevron, Taco Bell, Tahoe Truckee Rental Management, Truckee Donner Lodge, Union 76 Station and Unwind Salon.

Officials are asking travelers to avoid the area. If travel in the area is required, officials are asking motorists to slow down and watch for construction crews, who will be working at night. Lashbrook said the target reopening of the road will be Thursday.

More information is available through the town of Truckeeand#8217;s website at

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