Bypass opening expected later this month, early next |

Bypass opening expected later this month, early next

Photo by Colin FisherCommuters could be zooming down the new Highway 267 bypass as early as the end of October.

Assuming there are no disasters between now and then, the long-awaited Truckee bypass will open in late October.

Although some work still needs to be done before the project is complete, the bypass will most likely open on Oct. 24, said Robert Burton, the California Department of Transportation’s resident engineer.

“We’re pretty much on time and on budget,” Burton said.

Drivers will be able to use the bypass in October, but the project won’t be totally complete until the 2003 construction season.

“We need to get traffic onto the bypass to do some of the work,” Burton said.

Caltrans will remove portions of the roadway that currently connect Highway 80 and 267 “so people won’t be able to travel on that highway at a high rate of speed” into town, Burton said.

Highway 89 South from Sierraville will connect drivers to Highway 267 when the roadwork is complete.

“We’re hoping this is going to help the people of Truckee as well as people who are shopping downtown,” said Mark Dinger, Caltrans spokesman.

MCM Construction of North Highlands and Ladd and Associates of Redding are the two major contractors in the $32 million bypass project.

There will be three stoplights on the bypass – one at the northern tie-in with Highway 89, another at the end of the Interstate 80 off ramp and one near the southern tie-in at Joerger Drive.