Heading west from Lake Tahoe? Camino construction activity update | South of Lake Tahoe

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Construction activities next week on the US Highway 50 Camino Safety Project will require blocking westbound left turns on the freeway from Camino Heights Drive.

The contractor, Security Paving, will extend the median concrete barrier in the acceleration lane at the Camino Heights Drive intersection, which will block left turns on the westbound Highway 50 Monday through Friday, 7-12 February 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The median will be extended by approximately 10 feet and a permanent collision absorption system will be installed.

This is a temporary restriction to complete this work.

This safety project involves the installation of a 56-inch-high continuous concrete median barrier along a three-mile stretch of Highway 50 from Still Meadows Road to Upper Carson Road that will limit left turns at all intersections to level. An underpass is being constructed to provide access to the north and south of the highway.

A wildlife underpass was built last September as another safety upgrade to reduce wildlife collisions in the corridor. The replacement of two water pipes in the El Dorado Irrigation District is underway.

Caltrans is partnering with the El Dorado County Department of Transportation on the project, with the county providing $7.3 million in funding for local road improvements to connect to the underpass.

Construction of the project began in July 2020. The underpass is expected to open to traffic in August and full completion of the project is expected by the end of this year. The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions, availability of equipment and/or materials or other construction issues.

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