Main Street-Cedar Ravine-Clay Street Roundabout


Project Description

This project will realign Cedar Ravine, Clay, and Main Streets to intersect at a four-way intersection using a roundabout in lieu of the current all-way stop signs as a means of improving traffic flow and safety. The project will reduce congestion and emission that result from start, stop, and idling of vehicles at conventional intersections. It is anticipated that the project will be constructed in conjunction with the Clay Street Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation project.

Current Project Status

CMAQ and HBP funds for the PA&ED and PS&E Phases were authorized by Caltrans Headquarters in August 2006. Quincy Engineering was selected as the consultant and the project was kicked off in July 2007. A public meeting was held in October 2007 and four alternatives were presented. Construction of the roundabout will result in substantial parking loss at the Ivy House Parking lot. The project was presented to the City Council on January 27, 2009 and the Council gave direction to City staff to proceed with the project while identifying options to mitigate the parking loss. The City has since identified locations for parking mitigation. In June 2010, EDCTC programmed an additional $400,000 in CMAQ funding for construction of the project. The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration certified by the City of Placerville on February 8, 2011, was challenged in a court of law. At the conclusion of the hearing held on September 2, 2011, the Superior Court of the State of California, El Dorado County, concluded that the City of Placerville must prepare an Environmental Impact Report to continue the project. On April 30, 2013, the City held a Town Hall discussion about the Roundabout where they received considerable feedback about the project. Information from the Town Hall meeting was reviewed and discussed at the City Council meeting on May 14, 2013. At that meeting the Council directed staff to proceed with the design phase looking at all intersection options equally and prepare sufficient documentation to proceed with an Environmental Impact Report.

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: Stakeholder and Council meetings, development of an Environmental Impact Report for the project

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For more information on this project, contact Senior Transportation Planner Jerry Barton at 530.642.5267 or email

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