FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLFAX – Caltrans is announcing the completion of a $1.8 million operational improvement project in Colfax that extended the existing westbound Interstate 80 on-ramp from State Route 174 with a standard-length acceleration and merge lane.
“The addition of a standard-length acceleration and merge lane increases the safety of motorists traveling from Colfax as they enter a high-speed highway and freight corridor,” said Caltrans District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “The project also complements the City of Colfax’s roundabout project, which was constructed last year. That partnership project between Caltrans, the City of Colfax and the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency was developed to relieve queues and improve traffic operations as people enter and exit Interstate 80.”
Knife River Construction of Chico was the contractor for the project, which finished on budget and one week ahead of schedule. Project funding was provided by the District 3 Minor Program under the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) Operational Improvements fund.
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