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File #: 09-1383    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Department Matters
File created: 10/29/2009 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 12/8/2009 Final action:
Title: Transportation Department recommending the Board receive and file the El Dorado County Transportation Commission presentation on the State Route 49 Realignment Study. (Est. Time: 1 Hr.)
Attachments: 1. A - SR 49 Realign Study.PDF, 2. B - Vicinity Map SR 49 Presentation.pdf, 3. Calendar 52-66-67-68 Email from Ken Greenwood.pdf
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Transportation Department recommending the Board receive and file the El Dorado County Transportation Commission presentation on the State Route 49 Realignment Study. (Est. Time: 1 Hr.)
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Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost: There is no fiscal impact and no change to Net County Cost associated with this item.

Background:
On August 29, 2008, Caltrans awarded the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) $250,000 from the 2008/2009 Partnership Planning Grant to fund the State Route 49 Realignment Study - Coloma to El Dorado (Study). The Study's "Purpose and Need" states that State Route 49 (SR 49) provides a regional and interregional route for the movement of goods and people within El Dorado County. The purpose of the Study is to evaluate potential alternative alignments for the safe and efficient transport of goods and people along SR 49 from Coloma to the community of El Dorado while minimizing impacts to historic, cultural, and natural resources.

The Study will evaluate potential alignments to eliminate the existing alignment of SR 49 through Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and the at-grade intersection of SR 49 and Route 50. The alignments should address the current and projected regional and local traffic demand on the state and local road systems along SR 49 and U.S. Highway 50, particularly through densely populated residential areas and the business districts in the City of Placerville and the communities of Coloma, Diamond Springs, and El Dorado. The sharp curves and steep grades of the existing alignment within the study area, in conjunction with commercial, regional and local traffic, are not adequate for modern transportation demands resulting in congestion and reduced traffic safety for vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian travel. The Study will focus on the use of existing roads to reduce the resources needed to improve conditions in the SR 49 corridor and to support the adopted general plans of El Dorado County, th...

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