Interstate 80 Farad Ditch Slope Stabilization Project Set to Begin


Interstate 80

District:  District 3 - Marysville
Contact:  Raquel Borrayo
Phone:  (530) 634-7640; (530) 701-5209



FARAD – Caltrans is set to begin construction May 4 on a 1,600-foot-long slope stabilization project on Interstate 80 at Farad in Nevada County.

In 1970, the Farad Ditch was constructed to capture falling rock from the mountain slope. The new $12.9 million project will restore the Farad Ditch by extending the collection area. Construction will also include regrading of the slope by means of roadway excavation, rock excavation, and controlled blasting. In addition drainage and erosion control work will be performed.

Q&D Construction of Sparks, Nevada is the contractor for the project, with completion estimated in late summer 2021.

Intermittent lane closures are anticipated along with long-term closures of the westbound Farad on- and off-ramps during construction. Closures may be anticipated during the following periods:

Interstate 80 westbound with at least one freeway lane open:

  • Monday through Thursday: Around-the-clock lane closures are a possibility
  • Friday: 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday through Sunday: Shoulder closures only

Interstate 80 westbound Farad on- and off-ramp full closure:

  • Around-the-clock ramp closures are anticipated during construction with emergency vehicle access permitted.

Weather or unexpected events may delay or prolong the work. Caltrans advises motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert.” The department will issue construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.