Diamond bypass parkway confab set

By From page B1 | March 13, 2013

The Transportation Division of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency will host a public information meeting about the Diamond Springs Parkway project. The public information meeting is 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 18 in the board chambers, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville.

In the works since 1996, the Diamond Springs Parkway is a future divided roadway connecting Missouri Flat Road to Highway 49.

The county expects to complete the first phase in 2014. It will consist of widening and safety improvements to Highway 49 north of Pleasant Valley Road including a new frontage road for residential access.

Construction of the parkway itself will not be complete until 2023 and will initially consist of a new two-lane road from Missouri Flat Road east of Golden Center Drive to a new T-intersection with Highway 49 south of Bradley Drive.

Additional improvements and the expansion of the new road to four lanes are planned by 2030.  The county is currently considering advancing the project to start construction in approximately four to five years.

“This is a long-term capital improvement project that will result in safety and traffic flow improvements in the Diamond Springs area, especially historical downtown Diamond Springs,” said Matt Smeltzer, deputy director of engineering. “We hope people will turn out to the meeting to learn more about the expected improvements.”

Additional information about the Diamond Springs Parkway and other projects in the county’s road and bridge capital improvement program is available at

Mike Applegarth

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