California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Robert Spradling , External Affairs
(209) 948-3930

May 11 , 2004 


The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) announced today it is ready to begin the $32 million Amador 49 Bypass project intended to reduce traffic congestion in Amador City and Sutter Creek through a controlled-access, two-lane highway to the west of the existing roadway.

The bypass will provide traffic relief on State Highway 49, the main street of the two historic communities. The project will include two large structures and a truck-passing lane.

“Such partnerships can move us forward in meeting California's transportation needs,” said Caltrans District 10 Director Kome Ajise. “The partnership between Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration and the counties of Amador, Alpine and Calaveras has made this valuable project possible.”

Caltrans is contributing $28 million to the project and the Federal Highway Administration another
$4 million. Construction is scheduled for completion by fall of 2006.

State, local and federal officials will attend a groundbreaking Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Jackson.