Two favored detours around South Lake Tahoe traffic backups have been eliminated, and more restrictions are being considered.
A pilot program that started this month forbids right turns onto westbound Highway 50 near Meyers from two major streets on Sundays and holidays.
Residents of the area pushed the plan to counter tourist traffic that was being routed through their neighborhoods by Waze and other route-finding mobile apps.
Drivers headed west from South Lake Tahoe had been trying to circumvent homeward-bound jams just south of the “Y” at highways 50 and 89 by taking Lake Tahoe Boulevard to the Washoe Meadows area, then connecting back to Highway 50 at North Upper Truckee or Sawmill roads.
Now, right turns onto westbound Highway 50 are prohibited from those two streets (indicated by the red X on the map above) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays and holidays.
The pilot program approved by El Dorado County supervisors runs through the end of October. Officials will then evaluate its success in considering whether to keep it or expand it for the winter — which residents say is the worst season for traffic.
The full proposal includes turn restrictions at 10 other intersections in the Meyers area (orange dots on the maps).
The California Highway Patrol’s South Lake Tahoe office posted Facebook photos of enforcement that snared “multiple vehicles” on May 16. The penalty is $240.
The restrictions apply to locals as well as visitors, but they are being applauded on social media by residents tired of being trapped by a parade of cars through their neighborhoods.
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