EL DORADO COUNTY - Caltrans has begun work to improve 41 lane miles of U.S. Highway 50 from the Sawmill Road Undercrossing to the South Fork American River Bridge in El Dorado County, due to funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
"Highway 50 endures a lot of wear and tear due to the weather elements in the upper elevations. It’s critical that we preserve the drivability of the highway."
On average more than 21,000 motorists and 700 truckers per day use this section of US-50.
"The pavement is crumbling and cracking, and needs to be repaved. Without this SB 1 funded project, the road would continue to get worse. Providing smoother roads is important for the residents of Pollock Pines and other nearby communities, and the thousands of motorists who use the highway to reach South Lake Tahoe every day."
The $7.1 million pavement project was awarded to Lamon Construction of Yuba City. Crews began work the week of July 9 and will continue working weeknights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m
The project involves overlaying the existing roadway with rubberized hot mix asphalt, which will provide a quieter ride and improve traction. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and Be Work Zone Alert.
The work schedule is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found on Caltrans District 3's Projects page or on Twitter via @CaltransDist3 and Facebook at CaltransDistrict3.
SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.