Sacramento commute will get quicker |

Sacramento commute will get quicker

Weekday travelers heading down U.S. Highway 50 know there are major traffic problems from Cameron Park to downtown Sacramento.

What a decade ago was a 30-minute trip between El Dorado Hills and the state Capitol can now require an hour and a half in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The commute now starts before 6 a.m. and lasts past 9 a.m.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors has approved two mapping projects needed by engineers who will design freeway expansion projects to break up the morning and evening traffic jams.

Supervisors have OK’d a $425,000 effort to prepare for construction of a climbing lane on the Bass Lake grade between El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park.

The work will include aerial digital mapping of Highway 50 rights-of-way, environmental studies, design work and construction support.

The second effort includes $125,000 to fly over and digitally map the freeway from El Dorado Hills Boulevard west to Sunrise Boulevard in Sacramento County.

The freeway expansion will add carpool lanes. Design work will begin in June.

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