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Unveiling ceremony for “Harriet White Expressway” set for Dec. 12

December 06, 2017

Honoring a leading figure behind the expansion of Bell Road in North Auburn, Placer County has designated the portion of the road between state Route 49 and Interstate 80 as the Harriet White Expressway. Signs noting the designation will be unveiled in a ceremony Dec. 12.

The designation was proposed by the Highway 49 Business Association to recognize White’s contribution to the expansion project.

“Expanding Bell Road was badly needed but a tremendously challenging undertaking,” said Placer County District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes. “Harriet really pushed it through and I’m very pleased that we’re able to honor her this way."

White served as Placer’s District 3 supervisor for eight years and was a driving force for securing environmental clearance and funding for the project to expand Bell Road from two lanes to four. The project, completed in 2002, was critical to relieving traffic congestion due to development along the state Route 49 corridor.

“As President of the Highway 49 Business Association, I was pleased to be able to work with Placer County to bring this forward to honor retired Supervisor Harriet White,” said Don Shields.

One lane of eastbound Bell Road will be closed during the event to ensure the safety of participants. Members of the public and media are invited to attend the ceremony. Parking is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.

Ceremony details:

WHAT: Harriet White Expressway sign unveiling ceremony

WHERE: Bell Road in North Auburn, just east of its intersection with state Route 49 (map here)

WHEN: Dec. 12, 8:15 a.m.

WHO: Retired Placer County Supervisor Harriet White will be present for the ceremony, and will be honored by current county supervisors and representatives of the Highway 49 Business Association

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