State Route 49 Safety Assessment
In February 2020, a team including Caltrans and its transportation partners embarked on a safety assessment of the State Route 49 corridor between Auburn and Grass Valley to identify safety-related improvements that could be installed in the very near term, identify enhancements that could be added to planned construction projects, and plan longer-term projects to improve corridor safety.
For analysis purposes, the team divided the SR-49 corridor into four segments of similar characteristics based on features that include population density, traffic volumes and the rural or urban nature of the area. The existing safety features and collision history of each segment were assessed and used to outline recommendations for improvements to the corridor.
- Segment 1: Interstate 80 to Dry Creek Road
- Segment 2: Dry Creek Road to Wolf Road/Combie Road
- Segment 3: Wolf Road/Combie Road to Allison Ranch Road/La Barr Meadows Road
- Segment 4: Allison Ranch Road/La Barr Meadows Road to McKnight Way
In addition to the SR-49 Safety Assessment Report, Caltrans has also developed a series of four online videos highlighting key elements of the report.
State Route 49 Safety Assessment Report
Hard copies of the State Route 49 Safety Assessment Report may also be viewed at the following locations:
Community Development Resource Agency
3091 County Center Drive
Auburn, CA 95603
By appointment only; please call (530) 745-7591
Auburn Public Library
145 Fulweiler Avenue, Ste. 150
Auburn, CA 95603
Hours may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
950 Maidu Avenue
Eric Rood Administrative Center – Public Kiosk
Nevada City, CA 95959
State Route 49 Safety Assessment Report Virtual Open House
Four-part video series: YouTube
State Route 49 Projects in Construction
- PLA 49 Rehabilitation
- NEV 49 Round Valley/Quail Creek
State Route 49 Projects in Development
- PLA 49 Safety Barrier
- NEV 49 Culvert Rehabilitation
- NEV 49 Corridor Improvement
Public input is essential for project development and enables the Department to account for various perspectives and impacts for equity. Please submit comments or questions about the State Route 49 Safety Assessment Report to Caltrans District 3 via mail or email. The comment submission deadline is Friday, December 11, 2020.
Caltrans District 3
703 B Street
Marysville, CA 95901
Attn: HWY 49 Safety Assessment
Caltrans would also like to thank and recognize the many partners involved in developing the Safety Assessment Report: Federal Highway Administration, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, Nevada County Transportation Commission, Placer County Department of Public Works, City of Auburn, California Highway Patrol, CALFIRE, and local fire departments.