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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/14/2017 02:11 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/14/2017 02:11 PM
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Hwy 49 Roundabout in Plymouth will be an Asset for Tourists, Residents & Businesses in Amador County

Amador County, CA...Times are changing in the town of Plymouth, which was established as a Gold Country mining camp in 1852. Now adjacent State Route 49 (SR-49) is changing, as well. While Plymouth is eager to diversify its economy with additional tourism, it also recognizes the fiscal benefits provided by the region’s dozens of wineries and its crucial agriculture industry. Plymouth, CA...To support that economy and enhance the safety of those who travel on SR-49, Caltrans is partnering with Plymouth and the Amador County Transportation Commission to convert an intersection with four stop signs into a user-friendly roundabout. The project broke ground Friday, July 14, at the site where SR-49 connects with Shenandoah Road and Main Street. The SR-49 Plymouth Roundabout is expected to have a total project cost of $6 million and be finished in the spring of 2018. George Reed Construction of Modesto is performing the work. Rather than all four vehicles being forced to come to a complete stop, idling their engines and contributing to noise and air pollution, motorists will glide through the roundabout with minimal delay. It will also benefit farm equipment turning east onto Shenandoah Road, and commercial trucks turning west onto Main Street or passing through on the way to Jackson or Placerville.




“We’ve promised California new solutions to old problems and this roundabout is another step in that direction,” said Caltrans District 10 Director Dennis T. Agar, noting it will be the first roundabout on a state highway in the Sierra Gold Country. “The numbers show roundabouts reduce accidents, while enhancing a community. Safe roads and beautiful scenery. That’s a California highway.”

Safety is a Caltrans priority, and shifting this traditional rural intersection into a roundabout helps fulfill that commitment. Roundabouts reduce serious injuries and fatalities by 80 percent, the

The Plymouth Roundabout will also benefit pedestrians and cyclists, who will use sidewalks and crosswalks to maneuver through the intersection. Caltrans is also placing pedestrian islands at the four entrances to the roundabout, for those needing to stop after crossing one lane of traffic.

“Caltrans’ Active Transportation Program is focused on getting people out of their cars and on their feet, or their bike, when taking short trips,” said Agar, adding that motorists will see more road construction as Senate Bill 1 projets get under way. “We are building a better transportation system for all Californians, whether they drive, walk or ride.”

This SR-49 intersection also will be upgraded to the standards of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, providing easier access for large trucks and tractors bringing in supplies and hauling out wine grapes, produce and livestock. One of Caltrans’ mandates is to support vibrant local economies, and a good economy in the Sierra Gold Country is good for all of California.

Roundabouts calm traffic and reduce speeds at crossroads such as this, and require less maintenance to operate. Because vehicles are moving through the intersection, roundabouts also curtail greenhouse gas emissions eliminate long lines of vehicles waiting at the stop signs.

The center of the roundabout provides an excellent landscaping opportunity for the city, which can blend flowers, shrubs and other plants to create a visual lure to draw visitors downtown.

“This has the potential to be a showcase for Plymouth, providing a boost to our tourism while benefiting our local economy and our ranchers,” Plymouth City Manager Jeff Gardner said. “Our residents are going to win, too, because the structure of the roundabout will make it a safe zone for the folks walking or riding their bikes.”

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For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zon


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-14 14:18:02   By: Anonymous
 
Are ya freaking kiding me! rounderbouts are for England and French keep them the hell out of America! Buncha libs trying to build crap!

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    Re: Euro-Weirdos
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 14:41:39   By: Anonymous
     
    Yup! Sounds like them Europhile Democrat Socialist grubbers have got their mits on Amador County and are trying to turn it into a European county.

    Get them socialists out of the hills and back to the left coast where they fit in.

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      Re: Euro-Weirdos
      Posted on: 2017-07-14 14:56:11   By: Anonymous
       
      Build roundabouts way more efficient than stoplights. Or at a certain times allow left turns on red lights and flashing yellows for the through traffic.

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        Re: Euro-Weirdos
        Posted on: 2017-07-14 15:05:07   By: Anonymous
         
        I hope you can't vote. People like you need to be relocated.

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          Re: Euro-Weirdos
          Posted on: 2017-07-14 15:06:14   By: Anonymous
           
          I'm talking about whoever wrote the original Euro weirdos post

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            Like what?
            Posted on: 2017-07-14 15:32:59   By: Anonymous
             
            about the red-spotted salamanders?

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              Re: Like what?
              Posted on: 2017-07-14 15:56:56   By: Anonymous
               
              saladmander

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 16:46:48   By: Anonymous
     
    Roundabouts SUCK! The people forcing these things on the public obviously don't ever use them. " motorists will glide through the roundabout with minimal delay." This is the most ignorant statement in the article. I know a CHP officer in Tracy; he gets called out almost EVERY DAY for an accident at the one they have there. The stop signs were better.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-07-14 16:50:59   By: Anonymous
       
      Yeah they are pretty complicated. I still don't understand how they work, it's weird not having to come to a complete stop for no reason.

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      Re: Roundabout
      Posted on: 2017-07-14 18:11:45   By: Anonymous
       
      I agree roundabouts are the stupidest creations yet....can hardly wait for the first truck to get stuck.....won't be going to Plymonth anymore.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 17:46:34   By: Anonymous
     
    Welkome to Commiefornia the new Liberal Nation of the united Socialist States of Amerika.


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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 18:06:25   By: Anonymous
     
    you sound like that loony website up in Ebbetts Pass! the similarity is remarkable!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-14 18:20:17   By: Anonymous
 
Can you say boondoggle!

Hardly enough traffic to justify making it a four way stop.

Btw 4 way is a natural traffic calmer. Undersized round abouts invite speeders and lead to more accidents.

Just ask Arizona about the fun they have had with them on 89.

Then there are the big rigs who can't make so they just drive over the top.

Just goes to show the grubberment can screw up just about anything.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 18:21:37   By: Anonymous
     
    Btw way ever try one of these monsters from hell on foot or on a bike!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-14 19:16:56   By: Anonymous
 
What is needed there is a permanent sobriety checkpoint. Way too many drunks on the winery trail

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-14 19:41:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Roundabouts are probably a little too complicated for the people around here to figure out.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-14 21:12:27   By: Anonymous
 
I'll build it for 10,000.00, George Reed, if still alive, would be taken back at charging that much for a round road that causes even the Prius driver's trouble!

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T'is
Posted on: 2017-07-14 23:24:39   By: Anonymous
 
a foul omen.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-15 00:07:33   By: Anonymous
 


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-15 00:11:16   By: Anonymous
 
As the first person to comment on the article I can say I am very pleased how easy I was able to troll and invite the many ignorant hillbillies to shows their true characteristics! Well done boys! Thanks for showing why conservatives are the lesser of the two, you stupid fools!

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-07-15 07:49:05   By: Anonymous
     
    Smugness will get you no where fast.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2017-07-15 08:15:51   By: Anonymous
       
      Roundabout in Plymouth? Like putting earrings on a pig.

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2017-07-15 09:09:10   By: Anonymous
         
        Can't believe none of you clowns have blamed it on a Flatlander ?

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          Re:
          Posted on: 2017-07-15 11:17:08   By: Anonymous
           
          I found one of these X-thingies up my butt.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-15 13:59:55   By: Anonymous
 
This will be a 6 Million! dollar project. That roundabout will be worth more than Plymouth ! Thanks Jerry Brown, Caltrans, and all the stupid Democrats in this POS Kalifornia. Wake up morons. Put this project DOWN !!!!!!!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-15 20:27:32   By: Anonymous
 
If you are not smart enough to use a roundabout, please stay off the roads. Ride the bus or call Uber, do it for the children!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-15 21:26:15   By: Anonymous
 
The best way to use a roundabout is drive right thru the middle of it, I saw a Uber driver do it, so that proves my point!

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-07-17 12:26:28   By: Anonymous
 
I love trolling you dumbf^

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