California Department of Transportation
Date: June 20, 2014 # 14-205
District: District 3 - Marysville, www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
Jody Jones, District Director
Contact: Gilbert Mohtes-Chan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (530) 741-4571 cell: (530) 682-6145
Caltrans Completes New Four-lane Stretch of Lincoln Bypass
LINCOLN – Caltrans today marked the completion of a four-lane extension of the Lincoln Bypass on State Route 65 in Placer County, which will cut travel times for about 20,000 motorists who drive on the bypass every day.
“This extension builds on the first phase of the project that opened in October 2012,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “The widening will mean further relief in traffic congestion and enhance the movement of goods.”
The $23 million phase 2a of the Lincoln Bypass Project widened a 5.5-mile stretch of SR-65 from two lanes to four lanes from Nelson Lane to about one mile north of West Wise Road.
Construction crews will be working over the weekend open the new section of the Bypass to southbound traffic by Monday morning. The northbound section from West Wise to Nelson will remain open to only one lane of traffic while crews prepare to convert that stretch into two northbound lanes.
About two-thirds of the nearly 12-mile-long Lincoln Bypass now has four traffic lanes. When funding becomes available, construction will begin on Phase 2b, which will widen the final three-mile section of the bypass.
Proposition 1B funds have accounted for $69 million in financing for both phases of the bypass project, or roughly 22 percent of the entire $315 million cost. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.
Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration, city of Lincoln, Placer County, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency and South Placer Regional Transportation Authority are partners in the project.The bypass was constructed because SR-65 originally went through the heart of downtown Lincoln, causing major backups. The new bypass, which begins at Industrial Boulevard and ends north of Sheridan, moves traffic around Lincoln, significantly easing congestion in the area. Lincoln residents are seeing a transformation of their downtown as they reclaim a traditional main street.
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