CAMINO — Caltrans is alerting the public that tree removal work will be taking place over the next few weeks in areas within the upcoming U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project.
Aproximately 100-120 trees need to be removed to avoid disturbing birds during the spring nesting season. Work is expected to start next week, and intermittent lane closures will be required to haul off the trees.
Construction of the $55.4 million safety project is scheduled to start in April or May after the contract is awarded. The purpose of the project is to improve safety on Highway 50 along the Camino corridor by constructing a concrete median barrier between Still Meadow Road and upper Carson Road. The first stage of the project also includes replacing deteriorated culverts in the Placerville area and constructing a wildlife undercrossing between Placerville and Camino.
An opening in the new median barrier will be maintained at Camino Heights Drive until an undercrossing is built in the second stage of the project, which is scheduled to start
later this year. Local roadway improvements will be constructed in conjunction with the undercrossing. All work on the project is expected to be completed by December 2022.
Project partners include the El Dorado County Department of Transportation, which is providing $7.3 million in funding, and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission.
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