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The Fifty Fix: Trip the Green Light

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What is the Trip the Green Light?

For two weekends this fall, traffic signals on both eastbound and westbound US 50  in the City of Placerville will be set to stay green so that traffic may flow freely. To ensure safe travel, northbound and southbound movements across US 50 at Canal Street, Spring Street (SR/Highway49), and Bedford Avenue will be closed to public traffic, allowing emergency vehicle access only. Right-in and right-out access will remain available at Spring Street, Center Street, and Bedford Avenue. Detours will be available and information is provided below for local traffic wishing to travel outside of US 50.

Dates of Closures

Traffic signal closures will be taking place during the fall of 2022. Final dates and times are currently being determined. 

Detour Maps and Routes

Signage will be placed along each detour route.
Click here to see the US 50 Corridor Action Plan interactive detour map.

Right-in/Right-out Access and US 50 Crossings

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During the closures, right-in and right-out access will remain available at:

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Spring Street: Travelers will have the ability to turn right on Spring Street from US 50 in both the eastbound and westbound directions. They will also be able to turn right onto Estbound US 50 from Spring Street. Only emergency vehicles will have access in the north and southbound directions as needed. 

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Center Street: Travelers will have right-in and right-out access to and from Center Street on Eastbound US 50. The Coloma Street westbound off-ramp to Spring Street/SR 49 will remain open

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Bedford Avenue: Travelers will have the ability to turn right on Bedford Avenue from US 50 in both the eastbound and westbound directions. They will also be able to turn right onto Eastbound US 50 from Bedford Avenue. Only emergency vehicles will have access in the north and southbound directions as needed.

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Canal Street: Access in the north and southbound directions across US 50 will be prohibited for the duration of Trip the Green Light.
 

US 50 crossings will be available at: Placerville Drive | Ray Lawyer Drive | Clay Street | Carson Road | Mosquito Road | Schnell School Road 


Local Road Detours at US 50

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Detours around US 50 will remain in place for Main Street, Broadway, and Placerville Drive. Travelers may use these roads to travel east and west and traverse north/south at the following available crossings:

US 50 crossings will be available at: Placerville Drive | Ray Lawyer Drive | Clay Street | Carson Road | Mosquito Road | Schnell School Road


For travelers in Placerville wishing to access US 50, directional access will be available as follows:

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Eastbound: Forni Road at Lo Hi Way, Ray Lawyer Drive, Spring Street/Hwy 49 (from south side, right in), Center Street (from south side, right in), Bedford Avenue (from south side right in), Schnell School Road 

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Westbound: Placerville Drive near Forni Road, Ray Lawyer Drive, Spring Street/Hwy 49 (from north side, right in), Bedford Avenue (from north side, right in), Mosquito Road, Schnell School Road

Bicycle and Pedestrian Detours

During the Trip the Green weekends, Pedestrian/Bicycle Crossings will be detour from their current at-grade highway locations at Canal Street and Spring Street for safety. Alternative access is provided at the existing pedestrian/bicycle overcrossings located at Coloma Street/Center Street (adjacent to El Dorado Trail). Please see the map below for locations.

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Pedestrian/Bicycle Detour from Canal Street
To access the nearest overcrossing from the closures at Canal and Spring Streets from the south side of US 50, travel west on Main Street and turn left on Center Street to access the Center Street overcrossing.

To access the nearest overcrossing from Canal Street on the north side of US 50, take Bee Street to Coloma Street/SR 49, turn right and continue down Coloma Street to the overcrossing.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Detour from Spring Street/Highway 49
To access the nearest overcrossing from Spring Street at SR 49, take Coloma Street to the overcrossing at US 50.

Pedestrian/Bicycle Detour to Bedford Avenue Overcrossing
To access the nearest overcrossing from the closure at Bedford Avenue from the south side of US 50, travel west on Main Street and turn left on Bedford Avenue to access the Bedford Avenue overcrossing.

To access the nearest overcrossing from Bedford Avenue on the north side of US 50, travel south on Bedford Avenue to access the Bedford Avenue overcrossing.

Why Trip the Green Light?

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 Today, US 50 sees nearly 50,000 vehicles per day, and on peak/holiday weekends, it is even higher than that. Agritourism, outdoor recreation and general awareness of the areas in and surrounding our community have evolved to year-round activities, and vacation travel to Lake Tahoe, what once was a seasonal expectation of congestion, has become a year-round impact.

When traffic backs up, it spills on to local roads that serve as parallel facilities, such as Broadway, Main Street, Airport Road, Pacific Street, and other local roads, which makes it even harder for locals to get around. Businesses are also finding that travelers are not stopping once they get to town because of the travel delays they are already experiencing to get through the intersections.

Permanent improvements take time to plan, design, fund, and ultimately construct. Until long-term solutions are identified, funded, designed, and constructed EDCTC, the City of Placerville, and Caltrans are looking to test near-term lower cost solutions to relieve congestion, and improve the transportation network in and around Placerville. The project is intended to be a low-cost simulation of whether and how potential infrastructure improvements could improve traffic flow through Placerville. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download a list of frequently asked questions for the US 50 Trip the Green Light Project.

Questions and Comments

For questions about The Fifty Fix: Trip the Green Light, call the project hotline at 530.323.9668 or send an email to tripthegreenlight@gmail.com

Project Partners

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