Drivers head down the newly paved and complDrivers head down the newly paved and widened El Dorado Hills Boulevard/Latrobe Road. Construction on this project, which included work on the local roadway and Highway 50, will wrap up before the end of the year. Village Life photo by Shelly Thoreneetely opened El Dorado Hills Boulevard/Latrobe Road. Construction on this project, which included work on the local roadway and Highway 50, will wrap up before the end of the year. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

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Road construction almost wrapped up

By November 16, 2011

The El Dorado County Department of Transportation and its contractor, Nehemiah Construction, have a Christmas present for El Dorado Hills residents — no more road construction.

That’s right. By the end of the year drivers won’t see any orange cones or lane closures … at least not near the Highway 50/Latrobe Road intersection.

“We just have little things to finish up,” said John Kahling, deputy director of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation’s Construction division. That “punch list” includes putting up a few signs, upgrading the vehicle detection loops and gong back over the project to make sure nothing was missed.

To complete the work between now and Christmas drivers might encounter the occasional late-night lane closure but, Kahling said, “We really think the bulk of the inconveniences are over for the public.”

Good news for residents who have endured almost three years of road work. Construction was scheduled to be completed last year but two unseasonably wet winters/springs, a big change order and funding issues delayed work, according to Kahling.

The nearly $28-million project included adding carpool lanes on the Bass Lake grade, widening Latrobe Road and El Dorado Hills Boulevard under the freeway, replacing all of the freeway’s bridges over Latrobe Road/El Dorado Hills Boulevard and widening the freeway bridges over Silva Valley Parkway and Bass Lake Road. Crews also realigned the eastbound offramp at Latrobe Road/El Dorado Hills Boulevard and repaved a section of the local roadway.

El Dorado Hills’ next major road project — constriction of the Silva Valley Parkway interchange — could start next year.

Noel Stack

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