Caltrans Press Release 17-157

Release Date: 5/26/2017
District: 3
Contact: Liza Whitmore
Phone: (530) 634-7640

Caltrans 'Raise 80' Bridge Clearance Project Wins CTF Honors

Vertical clearance project wins top honors from CA Transportation Foundation

MARYSVILLE – Caltrans District 3 is pleased to announce its bridge vertical clearance project, nicknamed “Raise 80”, received Structure of the Year Award at the California Transportation Foundation’s (CTF) 28th Annual Transportation Awards ceremony Wednesday at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.

The CTF Transportation Awards recognize excellence in transportation as well as recognize the project teams including all major partners and contractors. The Major Structures Award was presented to Caltrans District 3, project contractor RGW Construction, Inc. and media outreach partner Sagent Marketing.

The $36 million project increased the vertical clearance of nine older overcrossings in south Placer County to meet the new state and federal height requirement of 16 feet, 6 inches - improving the efficient flow of goods and commodities on Interstate 80 for today’s larger trucks. Seven of the overcrossings were raised between 16 and 21.5 inches, while the roadways underneath two overcrossings – one a Union Pacific railroad trestle – were excavated an average of 18 inches each to achieve the required clearance.

The CTF received eight nominations for the Major Structure category and selected the “Raise 80” project for honors for its excellence in the award’s evaluation criteria: project impact (i.e. number of people who directly benefit); project need; partnership; innovative financing; sustainability; technology solution; creativity/innovation and uniqueness; delivery timeline; and budget performance. The highly visible project was successfully completed in November 2016.

A full list of award winners is available on the California Transportation Foundation’s website Information about the “Raise 80” project is available on the project’s website at  For more information on Caltrans District 3, go to or follow us on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict 3.