Two-Week Closure Of Bucks Bar Road to Begin Monday December 11th

by Placerville Newswire / Dec 09, 2017 / comments

[Carla Hass. Img: Earlier work photo by Stefani Poole Specht]

(PLACERVILLE, CA) – El Dorado County Department of Transportation announced on December 4th the full closure of Bucks Bar Road beginning Monday, December 11th, 2017 and last through Sunday, December 24th, 2017, weather permitting.

“Last winter was the worst in 20 years, in terms of damage to the 1,080 miles of County roads,” said Rafael Martinez, Department of Transportation Director. “While the closure is a temporary inconvenience to residents and motorists in that area, we must make the repairs to ensure the road’s safety for travelers.”

Changeable message signs placed in the vicinity last week provide notice of the length of closure. They are located at Bucks Bar Road/Pleasant Valley Road and at Mt. Aukum Road/Grizzly Flat Road/Bucks Bar Road. Residents on the east side of the closure will access their home from Bucks Bar Road. While residents on the west side of the Bucks Bar Road closure will access their homes using the detour of Pleasant Valley Road to Mt. Aukum Road to Bucks Bar Road.

Repairs include replacing the failed culvert under Bucks Bar Road which is approximately 10-feet deep, rebuilding the roadway structural section and placing asphalt concrete on the road. Additionally, a new drainage system will be constructed west of the existing failed culvert that will also go under Bucks Bar Road. This new system will help mitigate storm water so that it does not overwhelm the existing system.

“The full closure of Bucks Bar Road will be safer for construction of such a deep drainage system and will effectively reduce the time it takes to construct the project thereby lessening the time the public will be inconvenienced,” said Martinez.