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Francisco Drive Right Turn Pocket received the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Sacramento Section’s 2015 Bikeways & Trails Project of the Year. El Dorado County Community Development Agency, Transportation Division (Transportation) staff partnered with the El Dorado County Transportation Commission, California Department of Transportation Local Assistance, and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District to plan and construct this $1.1 million project. The project, located in the Community of El Dorado Hills, improved a heavily traveled area at the intersection of El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Francisco Drive. This intersection was marked by failures in the pavement and performance. Motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians frequently use this intersection to access the schools and parks in the area. It became evident that multi-modal connectivity between Green Valley Road and El Dorado Hills was needed.
By partnering with the community to properly identify their needs, County, and funding agencies, Transportation was able to deliver a project that not only reconstructed the intersection at El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Francisco Drive, but also significantly improved its performance for many different users. The project improved slightly under one mile of roadway; reduced driver delays and air emissions by adding an additional acceleration lane for turning vehicles; promoted multi-modal transportation by adding Class II Bike Lanes and Class I multi-use trail; improved pedestrian features and safety in high traffic areas; implemented improvements and aesthetic features that promoted the surrounding natural environment; and, reconstructed an intersection. This is the fourth year in a row that Transportation has received an ASCE Sacramento Section Project of the Year Award.