Emergency Work Requires Daytime Traffic Control on Hwy 49

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 01, 2018 / comments


Drainage Work to Start on State Highway 49 near Auburn

EL DORADO COUNTY — One-way traffic control will resume on a section of State Highway 49 in El Dorado County next week for drainage work. While inspecting a slipout of a section of the northbound lane of the highway about halfway between Cool and Auburn, Caltrans engineers also identified two culverts that weren't functioning correctly. Those culverts will be filled and a new 30-inch pipe will be installed along with a drainage inlet to keep stormwater off the highway. 

Work will start Tuesday, January 2 and is expected to be completed by Friday, January 12, weather permitting. The schedule will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with flaggers handling reversing one-way traffic control. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. 

Doug Veerkamp Engineering, Inc.. the company that performed the previous work to stabilize the slope with a 160-foot retaining wall, will again be the contractor. 

Work on another section of Highway 49, about two miles north of Placerville, started this week. An existing culvert in poor condition has been removed and a new one will be installed. About 100 feet of roadway embankment and pavement will be rebuilt and rock slope protection installed. 

The schedule also is Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with one-way traffic control, and the project should be completed by Friday, January 12, again weather permitting. 

Caltrans District 3 is responsible for maintaining and operating 4,385 lane miles in 11 Sacramento Valley and Northern Sierra counties. The district issues traffic updates on Twitter OCaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic information, use Caltrans' OuickMap at duickmap.dolca.covi or download the free OoickMap app on iTunes or Goodie Play