FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CAMINO – Caltrans is reminding motorists of traffic restrictions on the U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project in El Dorado County just east of Placerville.
Left turns onto or from Highway 50 are blocked at Still Meadows Road, lower Carson Road, 5 Mile/Paul Bunyon Road, Camino Heights Drive and upper Carson Road. U-turns are prohibited through this area. Visitors to Apple Hill coming from eastbound Highway 50 should use the following exits:
- Exit 48Schnell School Road
- Exit 49Point View Drive
- Exit 54Cedar Grove
- Exit 57Ridgeway Drive
This $53.6 million safety project consists of installing a continuous 56-inch concrete median barrier on a 3-mile stretch of Highway 50 from Still Meadows Road to 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 animal collisions through the corridor, and drainage improvements continue throughout the project. Water-line replacement work is ongoing.
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 reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and slow down in construction zones for the safety of travelers and work crews. Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. The department will issue updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook @CaltransDistrict3.