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New Ray Lawyer Drive on-ramp opens Friday

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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

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From page A3 | November 08, 2013 | 40 Comments

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 wschultz@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 40 comments

  • JimBoNovember 07, 2013 - 1:18 pm

    Oh this is Great News! I'll be able to get away from all the County/Briggs Corruption quicker!

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  • JimNovember 08, 2013 - 6:41 am

    JimBo, did Briggs ever make that special County job you were talking about for his nephew Bailey?

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  • JimBoNovember 07, 2013 - 10:26 pm

    Special thanks to the County for the Free Loan (gift) of $2 million against the County Auditor's Advice!

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  • LpNovember 08, 2013 - 6:59 am

    Another hillside mowed down, and more pavement to look at. Let's just tear down everything and rebuild it to look like El Dorado Hills. Or maybe we could put a roundabout around the whole freakin' town.

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 08, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Actually the City is planning for at least 5 round abouts. 2 at this location.

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 08, 2013 - 9:32 am

    Mpa: http://www.edctc.org/A/AgendaITEMS/2013/11-07-13/6A_Atta_A_RLD_XchgPhasingExhibit;.pdf Cost: http://www.edctc.org/3/WPI.html

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Sue, is a link quick and easily available to put up?

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  • Sue TaylorNovember 08, 2013 - 9:51 am

    I just tried to link the plan and the cost and for some reason it was not excepted.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 7:13 am

    Im so sorry....if they dont watch the population--El Dorado County will not be "rural"...and you will not qualify for "rural" grants...wait...do you get more money for "urban" status?

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 10:27 am

    THIS drawing shows the Forni Rd. and Placerville Dr. roundabouts. I can't find a drawing for the others (one on upper Broadway, plus THE Roundabout).

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 10:30 am

    . . . apparently there are 2 more, meant to alleviate Marshall Hospital traffic pandemonium. That makes 6. (Someone help me out, 'cause I'm not sure I've seen all 6.)

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 10:35 am

    I just showed that drawing to my significant other. Response: "We're moving."

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 10:54 am

    Seriously, the public needs to be making themselves heard, loud & clear. If we are silent ROUNDABOUTS ARE A DONE DEAL.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    If you have a roundabout and you don't like your roundabout you get to keep your roundabout. Period.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    Don't get all snarky on us!!!

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  • James E.November 08, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Evelyn, even if we revolt and burn down City Hall, the roundabouts will continue. The vested interests want the roundabouts, and therefore we will have them. Follow the money? And, Evelyn, I think you mentioned earlier that some official has recommended the Haven be closed. This will give the Mayor, et al., cover to vote for closure. Again, follow the property values. Hey, Dee, now you can claim I want to burn down City Hall.

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  • Foaming at the MouthNovember 08, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    When did opposition to the Clay St. Roundabout become "roundabouts bad"? I missed the roundabout references in Agenda 21.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Ahhh .................. you missed the A21 fine print. Section XXIIVC, Subsection aab2, para 1432.997, as amended by Ordinance 1492 of 04/01/2003, footnote 14. (For more, consult your local City Councilor or the EDCTC @ 530.642.5260, weekdays only.

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    If you got as far as noting that my Roman Numeral hierarchy was a bit "off", well, congratulations. Now march yourself off to A21 and brush up.

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  • robertdnollNovember 08, 2013 - 1:43 pm

    don't need more on ramps,they need to clean the outhouses at Caples

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:04 pm

    Foaming...roundabouts here in this county are about bikes and trails...and grant money. On Cedar Ravine it is about people not wanting them So much so they took the city to court. and are willing to take them to court again. If people dont want them...why continue with the idea--unless money is involved. Someone came up with the idea--not asking the people. Now the people have said "no"--what to do? Other places have done the same--they are interesting in Mexico....the pedestrian does not have the right away there. The area is not big enough at the Ravine...they would have to take back space. Someone said originally it was a sort of roundabout....through the years --stop signs were put in...which is an indication that it was not successful. Which is what happened in Mexico where I stay for six months off and on. At the meeting I went to people suggested putting it to a vote once and for all--on a ballot. council didnt seem very receptive. PMC felt it could not draw any other alternatives...someone said kids with chalk could help. Roundabouts and 21st Century document ? Still havent read the document have you? It doesnt go into design and structure too much. As one can see with the less than attractive stuff being produced.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:07 pm

    Foaming: U.S. support[edit] The United States is a signatory country to Agenda 21, but because Agenda 21 is a legally non-binding statement of intent and not a treaty, the United States Senate was not required to hold a formal debate or vote on it. It is therefore not considered to be law under Article Six of the United States Constitution. President George H. W. Bush was one of the 178 heads of government who signed the final text of the agreement at the Earth Summit in 1992,[12][13] and in the same year Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Eliot Engel and William Broomfield spoke in support of United States House of Representatives Concurrent Resolution 353, supporting implementation of Agenda 21 in the United States.[14][15] In the United States, over 528 cities are members of ICLEI, an international sustainability organization that helps to implement the Agenda 21 and Local Agenda 21 concepts across the world. The United States has nearly half of the ICLEI's global membership of 1,200 cities promoting sustainable development at a local level.[9] The United States also has one of the most comprehensively documented Agenda 21 status reports.[16] In response to the opposition, Don Knapp, U.S. spokesman for the ICLEI, has said "Sustainable development is not a top-down conspiracy from the U.N., but a bottom-up push from local governments".[15] The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry successfully lobbied against an anti-sustainable development bill in 2012, arguing "It would be bad for business" as it could drive away corporations that have embraced sustainable development.[15] WIKI

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    Foaming...it is about "sustainability"...computers are not yet sustainable. How the county is handling many items...has nothing to do with being "sustainable"...pretending gets you "grant" money...when was the last time you walked from (or biked) from Sac. all the way to Tahoe? Yet lots of money there. Someone thought roundabouts would solve traffic in a very european way...or at least thought of the bikes :)

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    Fran: Indirectly, you've reminded me that at the beginning of this year, when introducing the Next Economy -- as Foaming may recall -- one of our City Councilors declared himself to be "sustainable". That suggestion of personal immortality was just a little startling.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roundabout Everything you wanted to know about "roundabouts"...wiki

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:26 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/lzdpl4u US Fed. Transportation...lots of money out there. What happens to the money from grants not used? Does it go back? nope. If you do not do what the grant states--you have to pay it back. If you do what the grants state and there is 10,00 left--you get to keep it...really? Interesting.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:39 pm

    I remember Miss Evelyn. Phil...Remember: A missed exit can be reached by going around again!

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    I see roundabouts clogged with stupid people . . . Poo Bears

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Lewis & Clark & Pacific St. roundabout on the way!

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    The California State Highway System Roundabouts Inventory is now available on the web. The Roundabouts Inventory is available as a portable document file (PDF) that can be viewed or printed. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/offices/oasp/rtb_inventory.html you can also read Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan...lololol...lots of plans...lolololol Can large vehicles use a roundabout? Yes. Roundabouts are designed to handle large trucks, buses, and trailers. They follow the same rules for using the roundabout as smaller vehicles. At Cedar Ravine?

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  • EvelynNovember 08, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Why not Cedar Ravine, Fran. Use your imagination!

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 8:32 pm

    lolol....sorry Miss Evelyn I just saw this--went to do laundry...even my wicked imagination can not see huge trucks going round the druid statue...unless many things were taken out--including the statue. dont mess with Druids. I know some--they are fierce when it comes to their monuments. Otherwise they are a quiet-powerful group.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 4:51 pm

    A young child teaches others how to enter a roundabout/sacramento. http://tinyurl.com/n5k4h5q Traffic Engineering Services ROUNDABOUT Sacramento I suggest listening to the cute kid...roundabouts. BBL

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Project Description The project will construct a Class I Bike Path between Ray Lawyer Drive and Forni Road/Lower Main Street in the City of Placerville. This project will serve to extend the El Dorado Trail from downtown Placerville to the El Dorado County Government Center and the existing segment of the El Dorado Trail between Forni Road and Missouri Flat Road. http://edctc.org/L/PM_Feb2013_C.pdf page 18

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Project Description The project is located in the City of Placerville between Clay Street and Bedford Avenue adjacent to Hangtown Creek. The right of way is to be relinquished to the City after completion of the US Highway 50 Operational Improvements project. The ten-foot wide, 800-foot long Class I bike path will be constructed to connect with the new Bike/ Pedestrian overcrossing of US 50 at Bedford Avenue. Current Project Status EDCTC programmed STIP-TE funds to this project in February 2008. In May 2008, the PA&ED and PS&E phases were programmed by the CTC during fiscal year 2011/12 with construction in 2012/13. The original programming included an additional $40,000 for the PA&ED/PS&E phase, as the PS&ED phase was anticipated to be completed as part of the Clay/Cedar Ravine/Main Street Roundabout and Bridge project, which was the subject of recent litigation. http://edctc.org/L/PM_Feb2013_C.pdf page 19

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    Route 50 - Sly Park Rd to Sierra At Tahoe Rd ( EA 03-1C112 ) Install Intelligent Transportation System Elements at various locations Construction Estimate: $1,300,000 Target Construction: Started May 2012 - 80% Complete Funding Source: SHOPP same link as before

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 08, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    oute 50 - Sly Park Road UC ( EA 03-0F220 ) Replace Bridge Construction Estimate: $6,700,000 Target Construction: Summer 2014 Funding Source: SHOPP

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  • Foaming at the MouthNovember 09, 2013 - 10:55 am

    Not sure how a roundabout for cars is all about bikes and trails, but I am increasingly convinced that navigating a roundabout would be beyond the mental capacity of many El Dorito County drivers.

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  • wheeler dealerNovember 09, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Foaming, put up signs warning El Dorito people about our roundabouts or better yet don't let them in the county.

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  • Fran DuchampNovember 09, 2013 - 3:09 pm

    Depending on what project foaming--the money is tied together...Cedar Ravine was okay ed--then the people stepped in and said "no".....so items around it also stopped. It is still pending. People are prepared to take it to court again. If one looks at funding , many times a "project" will have funding from many sources...bikes and trails has money available right now--big money. Local government really needs to listen to the people before they say okay lets do it...just cleaner that way.

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