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Highway 49 Safety Update Meeting Coming Up

Another meeting is coming up for improving traffic safety on Highway 49, between Grass Valley and Auburn. A spike in fatal accidents between December of last year and March of this year sparked a grass roots effort to put more pressure on Cal Trans and the Highway Patrol to come up with projects. 10 are now planned by Cal Trans. But agency spokesperson Liza Whitmore says this meeting, which is happening Tuesdy night in Auburn, will focus on the most long-term project that’s been discussed by a lot of motorists. It’s a concrete barrier, which would likely be on a 7-mile stretch between Wolf-Combie and Dry Creek Roads. She says one of the biggest concerns would be that, since there are no traffic signals on that stretch, drivers could no longer make left turns from side roads…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

There is no construction timetable for this proposal, which is still under study, and funding must also be obtained. Meanwhile, Whitmore says one safety project that’s already underway is improvements to the Brewer Road intersection near Alta Sierra, where the traffic lights are already much brighter…

click to listen to Liza Whitmore

Whitmore says another notable project that Cal Trans hopes to complete next year is an acceleration lane from Wolf Combie Road onto Highway 49 toward Grass Valley. Another big project that’s at least 5 years from starting is improvements between La Barr Meadows and McKnight Roads, including a continuous 2-way left turn lane and a truck climbing lane. The meeting is tomorrow at 6pm in the Placer County Planning Commission chambers in Auburn, on County Center Drive, off Bell Road.

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