As we were: Highway 50 and traffic, always a topic

By From page B9 | November 11, 2013

Deibert Ken25 Years ago

Nov. 11, 1988

Council considers highway bypass


Members of the Placerville City Council suggested Wednesday that bypassing Highway 50 out of town may be the way to solve traffic problems on that route, challenging state officials’ claims that it cannot realistically be done.

Councilwoman Kathi Lishman criticized a plan to remove the three signalized intersections on the highway and convert it to a full-fledged freeway could eventually become overburdened with traffic anyway and could “absolutely ruin this town.”

The state Department of Transportation looked at a bypass 10 years ago but felt it was too costly, said Caltrans’ Robert O’Loughlin. A bypass could cost over $100 million, he said.

“I disagree with the $100 million cost,” countered Supervisor Jack Sweeney, who was also at the meeting and contended that $25 million to $40 million is a more likely price tag. In the present highway corridor, Sweeney said, officials are dealing with existing traffic and expensive property, whereas a bypass south of the highway could run through more undeveloped property.

Whatever improvement is chosen along the existing route through Placerville, planners must contend with lack of space, Sweeney said. He added, “this narrow canyon has always been a problem.”


70 Years ago

Nov. 11, 1943

Lions Support Xmas Seals

Placerville Lions renewed their endorsement of Christmas Seals at their luncheon meeting Tuesday at the Blue Bell Coffee Shop by appropriating $10 to the support of the Christmas Seal Sale.

The meeting for the club for the coming week will be 6:30 o’clock when the active members of the Placerville Volunteer Fire Department will be guests of the club at dinner at the Shakespeare clubhouse.

Guest speaker of the day, presented by Lion Dr. L. B. Rantz, was Marvin Parker, a commercial airlines co-pilot, who reviewed some of the special features of one of his recent transoceanic trips.


110 Years ago

Nov. 7, 1903

“A Cheerful Liar”

The Placerville Dramatic Club will make their next appearance in this city on Thursday evening, Nov. 26th, when will be produced the side-splitting and fun-provoking comedy “A Cheerful Liar.” In the cast will be the following well-known local Thespians: Wm. M. Brown, Clarence Chalder, Elzie Houx, Ted Atwood, Geo. Flurschutz, Adelaid Levy, Grace Walsh and Mabel Huttleston. Posters will be gotten out.


Some Lumber Statistics

The traction engine is withdrawn temporarily, with the probability that it will be stabled for the winter. The crew is held in reserve however, in the event that the weather will permit of the resumption of operations. Since the 23d of May to the first of November the traction company have hauled out 600 trucks, aggregating 5,700,000 feet of superior lumber.


Dedication of Pipe Organ

Sunday will be a great day at the Methodist church. The services at 11 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m. will be special jubilee services. No doubt a large audience will be present both morning and evening. The choir is arranging new music for the occasion. In the evening the organ will be dedicated to the praise of God in Placerville, the pastor, Rev. Geo. C. King, preaching the dedicatory sermon. The general public is invited.

Ken Deibert

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