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(PLACERVILLE, CA) – El Dorado County Department of Transportation today announced the full closure of Starkes Grade Road between Campini Way and Five Spot Road beginning Monday, March 26, 2018 through May 25, 2018, weather permitting.
“Last winter was the worst winter in 20 years, in terms of damage to the 1,080 miles of County roads,” said Rafael Martinez, Department of Transportation Director. “While the closure is a temporary inconvenience to residents and motorists in that area, we must make the repairs to ensure the road’s safety for travelers.”
Temporary repairs were made to this stretch of road last June and the County noted then that a permanent fix was forthcoming.
Repairs include removal all of the unsuitable material under the previously failed roadway section on Starkes Grade Road, construction of a mechanically stabilized embankment (MSE) wall, construction of an extensive drainage system, and reconstruction of the roadway structural section.
Changeable message signs placed in the vicinity last week provide notice of the length of closure. They are located at Starkes Grade/Campini Way and at Starkes Grade/Sly Park Road. Residents on the west side of the closure will access their homes from Newtown Road to Starkes Grade. Residents on the east side of the closure will access their homes following the detour of Sly Park Road to Starkes Grade Road.
“The full closure of Starkes Grade Road will make it safer for the construction workers and will effectively reduce the time it takes to construct the project, ultimately reducing the time the public will be inconvenienced,” said Martinez.
Department of Transportation understands the inconvenience that motorists face while this closure is in place and sincerely appreciates your patience with this matter.
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