Caltrans Celebrates Completion of Acceleration Lanes Project


California State Route 49

District:  District 3 - Marysville
Contact:  Raquel Borrayo
Phone:  (530) 634-7640; (530) 701-5209



NEVADA COUNTY­ РCaltrans has recognized the successful completion of the $3.8 million State Route 49 Wolf/Combie Acceleration Lanes Project with a virtual ribbon-cutting video.

Because in-person events have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department chose this virtual ribbon-cutting event to acknowledge the efforts of its staff, contractor DeSilva Gates Construction of Sacramento and the valuable local partnerships that helped make this project a success.

“This is one of several safety improvement projects planned for the Highway 49 corridor,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “The Wolf/Combie acceleration lane project increases safety for vehicles entering the highway at this intersection and is one of the more than $160 million in improvements completed, in construction or planned for the corridor by state and local agencies.”

Caltrans constructed two acceleration lanes – a 500-foot-long southbound acceleration lane with a 660-foot merge taper and a 900-foot-long northbound acceleration lane with a 660-foot merge taper – at the Wolf Road/Combie Road intersection. In addition, highway drainage was upgraded and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps were constructed at the intersection. Additional project safety features will include overhead lighting at the beginning of the merge tapers in each direction, set to be installed later this month.

Caltrans District 3 maintains more than 4,385 lanes miles of state highway in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. Follow Caltrans District 3 on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.