Progress at Placer County’s Most Reviled Interchange
Snarled Traffic a Sore Spot Among Residents
(Placer County Transportation Planning Agency Update)
Roseville, CA – If you are traveling on Highway 65, you may not notice all of the construction activity that is happening on the Interstate 80 and Highway 65 interchange.
However, construction crews are making tremendous progress on the $50 million first phase, which will add a third lane on northbound Highway 65 from I-80 to Pleasant Grove Boulevard.
Third Lane on the Way
What people cannot see from above is all the construction going on below along the East Roseville Viaduct. In just the past couple months, crews have drilled twelve 13-foot wide by 100-foot deep foundation holes, which they’ve filled with rebar and concrete. These foundations will support the twelve new 60-foot high columns used to support the new third lane. Of the twelve columns needed, eight are already complete.
As many community members may have noticed, intermittent one-way traffic control has started on Taylor Road under Highway 65. This traffic control has allowed crews to begin modifying portions of the East Roseville Viaduct to incorporate the third lane.
$400 Million for Future Phases?
While Caltrans District 3 is the project owner and is managing the construction, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA), Placer County and the cities of Roseville, Rocklin and Lincoln were instrumental in the planning and design of the I-80/Highway 65 interchange improvement projects. They will continue working together to acquire additional funding for the remaining $400 million in future interchange phases.
“We are grateful for the partnership we have on this project with PCTPA, Placer County, the City of Roseville, the City of Rocklin and the City of Lincoln, and we continue to work together to provide the transportation infrastructure which is needed for the growing economy in Placer County,” says Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet Benipal.
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