Caltrans Press Release 17-288

Release Date: 9/26/2017
District: 3
Contact: Dennis Keaton
Phone: (530) 741-5474

Caltrans Hosting Capital City Freeway Project Public Meeting

Information on Future Bus/Carpool Lane Project Scheduled for 2023

SACRAMENTO – Caltrans is inviting the public to a meeting on October 5 to learn more about a future project on three miles of State Highway 51 also known as the Capital City Freeway or Business 80 in Sacramento.

The meeting is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 at the Cal Expo Administration Building at 1600 Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento. Caltrans staff will be available at the event to answer questions or the public can leave comments.

The primary objective of the proposed $575 million project from J Street to Exposition Boulevard over the American River is to extend the existing bus/carpool lanes, widen about a three-mile stretch of highway to accommodate new bus/carpool lanes for both directions, construct auxiliary lanes and construct a new Class I bike path on the American River Bridge.

State Route 51 and adjacent surface streets have become the most congested corridor in the region. In 2016, the Cap City Freeway experienced more than 2,050,000 annual hours of delay at a $27.5 million cost to users and had five of the region’s top 10 bottlenecks.

As the region continues to grow, conditions on the Cap City Freeway are expected to worsen by the year 2035. Caltrans has proposed this project to address those concerns.

The Notice of Preparation is available for review until October 20, 2017 at and at the Caltrans District 3 Office, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 703 B Street in Marysville, CA 95901.