Current Projects



For reports relating to current projects, please visit the Reports section of the website.
  See descriptions of current projects below.

Nevada County

Projects updated after May 17, 2017 NCTC meeting:

Safety Improvement on SR 174 Expanded from Maple Way to You Bet Road
This project proposes to realign two curves, widen shoulders, add a left turn lane at Greenhorn Access Road, and improve the clear recovery zone between Maple Way and You Bet Road on SR 174 in Nevada County.  The purpose of this project is to improve safety and operations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.  It will help reduce the number and severity of collisions on the existing highway.  The project was amended into the 2014 SHOPP in September 2014, with a revised total cost of $28,456,000, including Engineering, Environmental, Right-of-Way, and Construction.  Preliminary Engineering work and Environmental studies continue to take place.  Re-evaluation of accidents within the vicinity of this project confirmed the existence of collision patterns to justify increasing the project limits.  A Project Change Request was approved to increase the project limits to Post Miles 2.7 to 4.6 with a new total cost of $28,456,000.  Circulation of the Draft Environmental Document (ED) was completed on June 2, 2016.      An Open House was conducted by Caltrans on May 7, 2016 at the Peardale Fire Station to share information with the public about the project.  A second public meeting was held on June 9, 2016 at the Chicago Park School.  Forty-six people signed in and public comments were answered.  The Project Report and ED were completed on 9/2/16 and Final Design started.  Construction is scheduled for summer 2019.  An informational Open House is scheduled for May 24, 2017 at the Chicago Park School, 5:00 - 6:30 PM to update the public on the status of the project and the Right-of-Way process and to answer questions.
 
SR 174 Safety Improvement Project Fact Sheet from Caltrans Open House May 24, 2017

Widen SR 49 North of La Barr Meadows Project and Just Before McKnight Way Interchange
This project proposes to widen SR 49 to a four-lane conventional access control highway with a continuous median/left-turn lane, and 8-foot shoulders to improve traffic operations and safety.  The project is located south of Grass Valley in Nevada County, between PM 11.2, the north end of SR 49/La Barr Meadows project, and PM 13.3, near the McKnight Way interchange.  The project is programmed in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) from the Regional Improvement Program (RIP).  The Project Approval & Environmental Documentation (PA&ED) phase is programmed for $3 million and the Plans, Specifications, and Estimates (PS&E) phase is also programmed for $3 million.  Preliminary Engineering and Environmental work is taking place and field surveys are complete.  An Open House was held on August 5, 2015 at Grass Valley City Hall to present project information and project concept options to the public.  Results from the meeting showed Option #4, 22-ft. wide median freeway with median barrier and frontage roads, as the one the public favored most.  Design is working on the preliminary preferred alternative and Right-of-Way is working on permits to enter for environmental field work.  Environmental work has started including searching cultural survey data.  Caltrans will have another public meeting after the Draft ED is complete on June 1, 2018 to present alternatives to the public.  By that time, Design will have the environmental studies and alternatives in a better format.  The public will have another opportunity to comment and a preferred alternative will be selected.

Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay on SR 49 to the Yuba County Line
The project proposes to preserve and extend the life of the existing pavement and improve ride quality.  The project limits extend from 1.2 miles north of the South Yuba River Bridge on SR 49 to the Yuba County line (approximately 9.4 miles).  Plans propose to Cold-in-Place Recycle (CIR) the existing pavement and the placement of a new Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) overlay.  All new HMA surfaces will also receive new striping.  The project was amended into the 2014 SHOPP on 11/7/14 for a total cost of $7,579,000, including Engineering, Environmental, Right-of-Way, and Construction.  The Project Report was completed on 3/15/16, and final design is planned for completion by September 2016.  Construction is scheduled to take place during the summer of 2017.  The project has been awarded to Mercer Fraser Company.

SR 20 Safety Project from Smartsville Road to Mooney Flat Road
The purpose of this project is to reduce the number and severity of collisions along SR 20 in Yuba and Nevada Counties from 0.2 mile east of Lower Smartsville Road to Mooney Flat Road by upgrading the existing roadway to current standards.  The project will realign a portion of the existing highway, which includes building a new bridge, and widen the existing highway to accommodate uniform 12 foot wide lanes and 8 foot wide shoulders.  It will improve non-standard curves, improve vertical profile, increase sight distances, add turn pockets, upgrade existing drainage facilities, and provide a 20 foot clear recovery zone.  The current programmed amount is $28,780,000, including Engineering, Environmental, R/W, and Construction.  The Project Report was completed on 1/29/16.  Final Design and R/W work has started and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018.  The project is scheduled to go to Construction during the fall of 2018.

Nevada City

No projects at this time