2+ years of Highway 49 roadwork on tap for Auburn

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Another piece of the funding puzzle for major Highway 49 roadwork through Auburn has been announced, paving the way for work to start before the end of the year.

According to Caltrans initial work on a Highway 49 rehabilitation project along the Highway 49 corridor between Interstate 80 and Dry Creek Road to the north will start in mid-November.

A total of $38.8 million has been allocated in federal and state funding for a project that is expected by the state transportation agency to be finished by mid-2021.

During the 2½-year construction timeframe, Caltrans contractors will be installing signals at Locksley Lane and Shale Ridge Road intersections, widening shoulders, improving pedestrian walkways and cycling routes, constructing retaining walls and upgrading guardrails.

The latest funding was announced Thursday and comes from the $690 million 2017’s Senate Bill 1’s Road Repair and Accountability Act coffers.

The Highway 49 project has been allocated $4.3 million in the August round of funding. Bridge replacement and rehabilitation projects on Interstate 80 gained another $6.8 million.

Caltrans Laurie Berman said that the two Auburn-area projects are part of more than 100 funded entirely or partly by SB1 money.

“These projects just a small portion of the key improvements we need to maintain California’s critical transportation infrastructure,” Berman said.