California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: May 17, 2011 #11-074
District: District 3 - Marysville,
Jody Jones, District Director
Contact: Carol Herman,
Phone: 530-741-4571

Caltrans Begins Safety Improvements on Highway 49

Grass Valley – Caltrans broke ground today on a $29 million project that will improve safety along a busy section of State Highway 49 near Grass Valley. The project’s funding includes $6.2 million from Proposition 1B, the 2006 voter-approved transportation bond, and $2 million from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).

“Public safety has always been a top priority for Caltrans, and this project clearly demonstrates we are delivering on our commitment to provide safe highways for Californians,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

Caltrans will widen a 1.5 mile section of the highway between Little Valley Road and Cornette Way from two lanes to a four-lane highway with new concrete safety barriers. A new traffic signal will be added at La Barr Meadows Road, making it easier and safer for local residents to access the highway. In addition, new frontage roads and soundwalls will be constructed.

“Highway 49 is a convenient connector between Grass Valley and Auburn. This project will make the journey safer for everyone travelling on this important Gold Country highway,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Jody Jones.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. Work on the project is scheduled at night to minimize impacts on traffic, and motorists can expect delays of up to 10 minutes. Weekly updates regarding the location and hours of work can be found at the following Caltrans website:

To date, the state has allocated nearly $8 billion in Proposition 1B funds for transportation purposes statewide. California has also obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit

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