FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAMINO – Caltrans is hosting a virtual public meeting next week to provide the community with updates on the ongoing U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project in El Dorado County.
Due to a significant spike in illegal U-turns on Highway 50 at the Camino Heights Drive intersection, left turns will be blocked. Barriers already have been installed to restrict left turns at Still Meadows Road, lower Carson Road, 5 Mile Road/Paul Bunyon Road and upper Carson Road. These restrictions are permanent. Access for emergency responders will be provided.
“We understand that this restriction will require additional travel time during construction of the project, but safety always comes first for the department when making difficult decisions such as this,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal.
The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. It will be hosted via Cisco WebEx. Project updates will be presented with opportunities for the public to ask questions of Caltrans, the California Highway Patrol, the El Dorado County Department of Transportation and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission.
The meeting will be available via a computer, mobile device or telephone.
WebEx Meeting Information:
- Join from the meeting link here. A WebEx account is not required.
- Join by meeting number: Meeting number (access code): 2481 426 0095. Password: 9S8k3a8rmum
- Join by phone: +1-408-418-9388. WebEx phone attendees will be muted and not able to ask questions.
This $53.6 million project consists of installing a continuous concrete median barrier on a 3-mile stretch of Highway 50 from Still Meadows Road to upper Carson Road that will restrict left-turn movements at all at-grade intersections. The Pondorado Undercrossing is being built to provide access north and south of the highway. A wildlife undercrossing was constructed in September as another safety improvement to reduce collisions.
Construction on this project started in July 2020 and is expected to be complete by December 2022. Caltrans is partnering with the El Dorado County Department of Transportation on this project, with the county providing $7.3 million in funding for local road improvements.
Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.