EL DORADO, NEVADA AND PLACER COUNTIES - Caltrans is making improvements on eight bridges in three counties, due to the funds from Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
"This project will help maintain eight bridges throughout the Sierra Nevada mountains, many of which link travelers to recreational destinations. We are able to fill potholes and resurface the bridge pavement now due to SB 1 funds, instead of waiting until costly major repairs are required."
Five bridges are located on Interstate 80 west of Donner Summit where pavement is highly impacted by nearly 30,000 vehicles and more than 6,000 trucks per day, and the use of snow chains during the winter months contributes to road deterioration. Safety improvements are also being made to the aging and deteriorating Prosser Creek Bridge on State Route 89 west of Truckee, Slacks Ravine Bridge west of Grass Valley on SR- 20, and the Mosquito Road undercrossing on U.S. Highway 50 in Placerville.
Motorists traveling throughout the Reno and Lake Tahoe areas as well as other Sierra locations on these routes will benefit from a smoother ride as will the truckers transporting $4.7 million worth of freight every hour over I-80's Donner Pass.
The $3.6 million project was awarded to Golden State Bridge, Inc. Travelers through the areas are advised to prepare for delays in the work zones, including lane restrictions. Motorists are encouraged to plan ahead, use alternate routes, and Be Work Zone Alert.
Work schedules are subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment and/or materials, and/or construction-related issues. More information and updates on projects can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d3/projects/ or on Twitter via @CaltransDist3.
SB 1 provides an ongoing funding increase of approximately $1.8 billion annually for the maintenance and rehabilitation of the state highway system. SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges and 55,000 culverts by 2027.
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1, visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.