This weekend is the launch of a new program in Placerville along US-50, Journey to Green. As any traveler knows, the traffic in Placerville can be backed up and in an effort to mitigate it, Trip to Green has been created. For three weekends this fall, traffic lights in both the US heading east and west through Placerville will be set to be green so traffic can flow freely.
To ensure safe travel, movements north and south across US 50 Canal Street, Spring Street (Hwy 49) and Bedford Avenue will be closed to public traffic, allowing emergency vehicle access only. Right and left access will still be available on Spring Street, Center Street and Bedford Avenue. The detours and information below will be available to local traffic wishing to travel outside the US 50.
Year-round traffic, increased tourism, agri-tourism (Apple Hill, wineries), outdoor recreation, and funky traffic to Lake Tahoe prompted officials to take a look at easing back up. Seasons are used to determine the backlog of traffic, but the change in visits throughout the year has brought with them year-round effects.
When traffic subsides, it seeps onto local roads that act as parallel amenities, such as Broadway, Main Street, Airport Road, Pacific Avenue, and other local roads, making it difficult for locals to get around. Companies also find that travelers don’t stop once they get into town due to the travel delays they already face crossing intersections.
Lasting improvements take time to plan, design, finance, and ultimately build. Until long-term solutions are identified, funded, designed and built, El Dorado County, the City of Placerville and Caltrans are looking to test near-term, low-cost solutions to reduce congestion and improve the transportation network in and around Placerville. The Trip to Green project aims to be a low-cost simulation of whether and how potential infrastructure improvements could improve traffic flow through Placerville.
Just as with traffic through Myers in the days of “out of town” travel, solutions had to be explored to bring 2000s traffic identical to that of the 1950s (and earlier).
Traffic lights will be closed on three weekends during the fall of 2022:
August 6 & 7 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
September 3, 4 and 5 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
October 1 & 2 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
Download a trip to the Green Informational Flyer – https://www.edctc.org/trip-to-green.
Maps and detours
Signs will be placed along each detour.
Click here to view an interactive map of the US 50 Corridor Action Plan.
Right/right outbound access and US 50 . crossings
For more information: https://www.cityofplacerville.org/events/70750/.