General Project Information

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Project Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to install traffic management systems and roadside safety improvements in and around the Kirkwood and Carson Pass area at 13 various locations in Amador, El Dorado, and Alpine Countries on State Routes 88, 89, and 4. The scope of work includes changeable message signs, streetlights, vehicle detection systems, closed-circuit television camera systems, roadway weather information systems, highway advisory radios, extinguishable message signs, and maintenance vehicle pullouts.

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Purpose and Need

The purpose of the project is to improve roadway mobility and efficiency by addressing the effects of recurrent severe weather conditions on traffic through the strategic deployment of various transportation management systems on State Routes 88, 89, and 4. 


The project is needed to inform motorists traveling through the Kirkwood and Carson Pass area of weather and traffic conditions that can affect their travel. 

Project Cost

Total Project Costs: $26.2 Million

Capital Costs: $17.3 Million

Support Costs: $8.9 Million

Project Schedule (Tenative)

Circulate Draft Environmental Document: February 2022

Project Approval and Environmental Document: August 2022

Right of Way Certification: March 2024

Design to be Completed: April 2024

Advertise: July 2024

Project Construction Start: October 2024

Project Completion: March 2026

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