County scoops up grant money for major road projects
On May 23 the California Transportation Commission awarded $21.5 million to two transportation projects in El Dorado County:
• $6 million to the city of Placerville for construction of Phase 1A of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project. Phase 1A will construct a U.S. 50 westbound on-ramp from the existing Ray Lawyer Drive overcrossing in the city of Placerville. The project will also construct an auxiliary lane on U.S. 50 to the existing Placerville Drive/Forni Road Westbound US 50 off-ramp. The project will provide better access to U.S. Highway 50 and is expected to create 108 jobs.
• $15.5 million to El Dorado County for construction of the U.S. 50 HOV lanes Phase 0 project that will construct the U.S. 50/El Dorado Hills interchange westbound on- and off-ramps and 1,000 feet of auxiliary lane. The project will improve access to and from U.S. Highway 50 and will relieve congestion at the most heavily used interchange in the county. The project is expected to create 288 jobs.
The $21.5 million in transportation funding is from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond. The statewide grant program was extremely competitive and the city of Placerville, El Dorado County, Caltrans, and the El Dorado County Transportation Commission worked together to secure the grant funding and design these two significant transportation projects that will allow millions of dollars to flow into the local economy while reducing congestion, improving air quality and making driving safer for everyone.
The El Dorado County Transportation Commission is a state-authorized agency with a governing commission comprised of four members from the Board of Supervisors and three members from the Placerville City Council. EDCTC is responsible for the transportation planning, funding, and program management in the western portion of El Dorado County.