District: District 3 - Marysville
Contact: Raquel Borrayo
AUBURN — Caltrans and local officials broke ground today on the SR-49 rehabilitation project in Auburn, which is supported by funding from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal was joined by Placer County Supervisors Jim Holmes and Cindy Gustafson, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) Executive Director Mike Luken and City of Auburn Mayor Cheryl Maki in hailing the planned upgrades for SR-49 between the Interstate 80 interchange and Dry Creek Road. Upcoming work will rehabilitate existing pavement and drainage, improve operational features and upgrade pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Class II bicycle lanes will be installed northbound and southbound on SR-49 between Elm Avenue and Dry Creek Road, with bike timing loops at each signal to assist bicyclists traveling the four-mile stretch.
“This segment of State Route 49 is a popular commute route for motorists traveling to and from work,” said Benipal. “Rehabilitation projects like this one in Auburn are part of the Caltrans commitment to multimodal methods of transportation, which improve traffic flow and ease congestion.”
More than 42,500 vehicles and approximately 2,450 trucks travel this stretch of SR-49 daily between Grass Valley and Interstate 80 in Auburn.
The project was awarded to Flatiron West, Inc. In addition to improving the highway’s durability and ride quality with 21 lane miles of a Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) overlay, construction crews will install new traffic signals at Locksley Lane and Shale Ridge Road. Highway shoulders and pedestrian facilities will also be upgraded to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
SB 1 provides an additional $5 billion each year in state and local funding to maintain and optimize California’s transportation system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix statewide more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit Rebuilding California.