Business Journal: Auburn May Take Over Strip of Hwy 49

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 12, 2007
The city of Auburn, known for its historic courthouse and quaint shopping district, could take over a one-mile stretch of Highway 49, as part of a $20 million streetscape project. The effort would create a more attractive corridor between old town and downtown Auburn, with more trees and wider sidewalks — and even outdoor dining along the highway. But first, the city must gain control of the highway and reroute commercial trucks along Elm Avenue and away from the smaller streets of downtown. The California Department of Transportation has agreed to the plan, but approval by state lawmakers and the transportation commission also are needed. If approved, the highway could be turned over to the city within a year.