Carla Hass

(530) 621-4609

(PLACERVILLE) – El Dorado County Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced it will begin work Monday, June 12, 2017 to make a temporary repair to Starkes Grade Road in the Pollock Pines/Pleasant Valley area, making it safe for vehicular traffic. Permanent repairs will be made this fall.

“The safety of rural residents in my district and our County is my top priority,” said District 2 Supervisor Shiva Frentzen. “I commend our transportation staff for monitoring the condition of the Starkes Grade road and scheduling a temporary fix at the first possible opportunity.”

Starkes Grade Road was closed approximately 1.5 miles east of Newtown Road on February 12, 2017 due to a roadway slipout and failure caused by heavy rains during January and February. The slipout below the road continued to move over subsequent months, causing a vertical displacement at the road of more than four feet. No additional movement has been recorded since May 19th, indicating it is safe to make temporary repairs and reopen the road.

DOT Maintenance staff plans to perform the emergency repair work the week of June 12, 2017 between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM and reopen the road on June 16, 2017.

The roadway will remain closed to all through traffic until the repairs are complete.

DOT tentatively plans to fully close the road again from September 2017 through November 2017 to implement permanent repairs.

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