FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Camino – Caltrans and the El Dorado County Department of Transportation are alerting motorists of paving work on the U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project this week that will require lane, ramp and driveway closures.
One lane of US 50 will be closed in each direction during daytime hours this week, in addition to intermittent ramp and driveway closures, to perform the pavement work.
The fog-sealing operation, which is the placement of a top-layer sealant applied to the roadway, will provide a smoother surface for motorists after grinding of the highway and sections of county roads were completed to meet Caltrans’ specifications.
This $55.4 million safety project consists of constructing a continuous 56-inch-high median barrier on a three mile section of Highway 50 that restricts left turns at all at-grade intersections, building a roundabout and undercrossing to provide a safe way for traffic to cross the highway, improving drainage, replacing two El Dorado Irrigation water lines, building a wildlife undercrossing, repaving the highway and installing new signage and striping.
Caltrans, the County Department of Transportation, El Dorado Irrigation District and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission have collaborated on this safety project, with El Dorado County providing $7.3 million in funding for local road improvements.
Continued repairs on the concrete median barrier, permanent striping, sign installation and erosion control work also remain to be completed on the project over the next several weeks. All work on this project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The construction schedule is subject to change based on weather, the availability of crews and equipment or other unexpected events.
The project includes $3.4 million in funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other projects funded by SB 1, visit Rebuilding California.
Caltrans District 3 is responsible for 4,385 highway lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The El Dorado County Department of Transportation is responsible for 1,083 centerline miles of roadway and 76 bridges.
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