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Lincoln, Calif.- The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) will host the grand opening celebration ceremony of the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass on Friday October 5, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

The celebration will be located at the new Highway 65 on-ramp at Ferrari Ranch Road. Festivities will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, a Lincoln Bypass historical exhibit, refreshments, and an inaugural drive of classic cars.

The public will have an opportunity to walk or ride their bikes on a segment of the new bypass until 4:00 p.m. After 4:00 p.m. the segment will be closed and construction crews will begin a weekend-long series of activities to open the new 11.7-mile stretch of Highway 65 to traffic by Monday morning. (Please see The Countdown to Connection.)

“Over the weekend construction crews will be very busy removing detours before the Bypass can be opened to traffic by Monday, October 8,” said Celia McAdam, Executive Director of the PCTPA. “People traveling in the area over the weekend may experience delays in certain sections. We appreciate their patience as we finalize the work.”

New Thoroughfare

The Lincoln Bypass will provide a new thoroughfare for Highway 65 through the Lincoln area. The 11.7 mile Bypass begins at Industrial Boulevard, moves traffic around the City of Lincoln, and will connect back to the existing Highway 65 near Sheridan. When the Bypass is complete, motorists should be aware that there will be signaled intersection at Nelson Lane, West Wise Road and Riosa Road.

The Bypass will improve regional connections between residential areas, employment centers, and major commercial centers. In addition to improving interregional goods movement and reducing congestion, the Bypass will improve safety and traffic mobility and address current and future travel demands between the City of Lincoln and the town of Sheridan.

 Completion of this monumental $325 million project was accomplished through partnerships between the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, Caltrans, the City of Lincoln, Placer County, the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority, and the federal government.

 The Grand Opening celebration is being underwritten by DeSilva Gates Construction.