Caltrans Press Release 17-301

Release Date: 10/10/2017
District: 3
Contact: Steve Nelson
Phone: (530) 741-4566
Email: steven.nelson@dot.ca.gov

Around-the-Clock Traffic Control Required for Highway 49 Bridge Project

Section of Roadway to be Lowered over Next 11 Days

COLOMA – Continuous one-way traffic control is scheduled for the next 11 days as part of roadwork on the State Highway 49 bridge replacement project in Coloma.


A section of the highway on the north end of the bridge, which crosses the South Fork of the American River, will be lowered by four feet for improved sight distance as part of the $22 million project.

Once work starts at 12:01 Wednesday morning, the highway will be reduced to one lane with reversing one-way traffic control until 11:59 p.m. Saturday, October 21. Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Once the work is complete to lower the roadway, traffic will be shifted onto the completed first half of new bridge and demolition of the old bridge can begin. The second half of the new bridge will be completed next year.

The new bridge will meet current seismic standards and provide a wider structure to include standard lane and shoulder widths. Roadway realignment will include construction of new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and retaining walls to meet current design and safety standards.

Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department issues traffic updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/  or download the QuickMap app on iTunes or Google Play

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