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Study to improve local economy approved by EDCTC

By From page A1 | February 22, 2013

A study to help improve the local as well as regional economy was approved by the El Dorado County Transportation Commission (EDCTC) at its Feb. 7 meeting.

Called the Bay-To-Tahoe Basin Recreation and Tourism Rural Roadway Impact Study, the work will be carried out by Wood Rodgers Inc. at a cost of $239,775, with funding provided by Caltrans.

The purpose of the study is to analyze the impact of regional tourism travel on Interstate 80, U.S. Highway 50, and State Routes 20, 49, 88, 89 and 267 within El Dorado, Placer, Amador, and Nevada Counties. The information will be used in rural transportation planning, policy, management, maintenance and funding decisions for the region.

EDCTC Executive Director Sharon Scherzinger and Associate Transportation Planner Woody Deloria said the study will track where people do business and visit on their way to a final recreation destination, such as the Tahoe Basin.

Scherzinger and Deloria said the information will ultimately be used to help travelers make the most of their trip through El Dorado County. Potential examples of that might include a phone application that informs people about local places to stop or electronic signs that alert people to traffic congestion ahead. They also believe the study will help influence how transportation funding is distributed in the future.

Scherzinger said EDCTC will be working closely with the transportation commissions of Placer, Amador and Nevada Counties along with business organizations and other planning agencies to implement the study results. “It’s a very collaborative effort,” she said.

The Commission also approved resolutions reallocating funds initially set aside for pedestrian and bicycle projects for which no matching grant funds were received.

According to Karen Barger, Administrative Services Officer with the Commission, grant funding will be sought elsewhere for some of the projects.

Those projects defunded were the El Dorado Hills Bike and Pedestrian Overcrossing; the El Dorado Trail from Los Trampas to Halcon Drive; repair of a collapsed culvert on El Dorado Trail; class II bike lanes on Cameron Park Drive and Green Valley Road; sidewalks for Forni Road/Golden Center Drive; and sidewalks on Combellack Canal to Upper David.

The funds not spent for those projects will be allocated for other projects. The total amount affected was $313,400.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

Dawn Hodson

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