Hwy. 49 widening plan unveiled | TheUnion.com

Hwy. 49 widening plan unveiled

The California Department of Transportation is planning to widen a stretch of Highway 49 between Alta Sierra and Wellswood starting in summer 2009, and plans have been posted for public review online.

Caltrans officials expect the work will be completed in fall 2010, they said.

“We are proposing to go from two to four lanes,” said Rochelle Jenkins, a Caltrans spokeswoman. “We are going to (install a signal on) the intersection of Highway 49 and La Barr Meadows.”

A study, which examines the potential environmental impact of the project, is available on the Web at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/departments/envinternet/hwy49labarr/labarr.htm.

People who are interested can send their comments by mail to Caltrans, attn: Susan D. Bauer, Environmental Management M-1, P.O. Box 911, Marysville, CA 95901.

Comments can also be sent via e-mail to sue.bauer@dot.ca.gov or by calling Rochelle Jenkins at 634-7640.

The deadline for public comment is July 24.

“Highway 49 has seen such an increase in volume of traffic due to development and growth in population,” Jenkins said. “We are constantly looking to improve the area and make it safer.”


To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail him at soumitros@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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