An informational meeting to discuss the Diamond Springs Parkway project will be held March 18 in Placerville.
Sponsored by El Dorado County's Transportation Division, the meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room, 330 Fair Lane.
Plans for the Diamond Springs Parkway have been in the works since 1996 and call for a divided roadway connecting Missouri Flat Road to Highway 49.
Completion of the first phase is expected in 2014 and will consist of widening and safety improvements to Highway 49 north of Pleasant Valley Road, including a new frontage road for residential access, according to a county Community Development Agency news release.
Construction of the parkway will not be completed until 2023. It will consist of a new two-lane road from Missouri Flat Road east to Golden Center Drive to a new T-intersection with Highway 49 south of Bradley Drive.
Additional improvements and expansion of the road to four lanes are planned by 2030. Officials said the county is considering advancing the project to start construction in four to five years.
"This is a long-term capital improvement project that will result in safety and traffic flow improvements in the Diamond Springs area, especially historic downtown Diamond Springs," Matt Smeltzer, deputy director of engineering, said in a written statement. "We hope people will turn out to the meeting to learn more about the expected improvements."
More information about the Diamond Springs Parkway and other projects in the county's road and bridge capital improvement program is available www.edcgov.us/Government/DOT/CIP.aspx .
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.
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