THE WESTBOUND on-ramp to Highway 50 from Ray Lawyer Drive is complete and will be open to traffic following a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


New Ray Lawyer Drive on-ramp opens Friday

By From page A3 | November 08, 2013

The first phase of the Western Placerville Interchanges Project is nearly completed and the on-ramp at Ray Lawyer Drive onto Highway 50 opens on Friday, Nov. 8.

The Western Placerville Interchanges Project is a phased project designed as a solution to existing and future operational issues on the local road systems at the two Highway 50 interchanges at Placerville Drive and Ray Lawyer Drive.

Phase 1A of the project constructed a westbound on-ramp from Ray Lawyer Drive and an auxiliary lane to connect to the off-ramp at Placerville Drive. Some early elements of Phase 1B were also constructed by straightening the sharp curve of Fair Lane and the addition of retaining walls and sidewalk. Additional retaining wall backfill, erosion control and fencing still needs to be completed on the project, said Placerville City Engineer Nate Stong, but the on-ramp is ready for use.

Future phases of the project scheduled for construction in 2016 and 2017 include improvements to Ray Lawyer Drive and Forni Road south of Highway 50 near the jail, reconstruction and widening of the Placerville Drive overcrossing and associated local road improvements.

Funding for the first phase of the project was $6 million in State Prop 1B funds and an additional $1.2 million from El Dorado County.

“Thanks to Vali Cooper, our construction management company for the project, we were able to come under budget by about $100,000,” said Stong, “and that money will be returned, along with contingency funds, to the county.”

Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

Wendy Schultz

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