Caltrans outlines extended road improvements |

Caltrans outlines extended road improvements

The Caltrans I-80 Corridor Improvement Plan, which began in March, will directly affect the traffic flow into and around Truckee until the year 2004, officials announced.

The $500 million project has been subdivided into 13 areas running continuously from Roseville along Interstate 80 to the Nevada stateline. Areas to be almost immediately affected in and around Truckee include the Kingvale Project, with a 12-inch concrete overlay from the Troy Undercrossing to Soda Springs and again near Donner Lake at Norden. The overlay projects involve cracking the existing paved surfaces, firmly seating those cracked surfaces to become future roadbed and then raising the bed with an overlay of 12 inches of asphalt and concrete.

The Kingvale Project start date is this month, and completion is scheduled for November 2000. Ramp rehabilitation is also scheduled as part of this project. Bidding for the Kingvale Project began earlier this month.

The Truckee Bypass Project is scheduled to begin in September with no completion date yet set. The project runs from Trout Creek to the Fibreboard Undercrossing and also includes a 12-inch concrete overlay project. MCM LADD Joint Venture was awarded this contract to the sum of $32.5 million on July 21.

Beginning in June 2000, Caltrans expects to widen medians, rehabilitate or replace bridges and overlay the road surface from the Fibreboard Undercrossing east of Highway 89 to Floriston. The three projects included in this segment of the plan: West Boca, Boca and Floriston, are expected to be completed by November 2002.

In the year following the West Boca, Boca and Floriston Project start date, beginning in March 2001, Caltrans plans to rehabilitate ramps and overlay the road surface from Emigrant Gap to Highway 89. This project will be completed in November 2003.

In July 2002, Caltrans will begin widening and overlaying the road surface, as well as rehabilitating ramps, from the Truckee River Bridge near Floriston to the Nevada stateline. The project will be completed in November 2004.

Additional, more remote segments of the I-80 Corridor Improvement Project beginning this year include road surface overlay and ramp widening from Roseville to Newcastle. This project began in March and is scheduled for completion in June of next year.

The year 2000 will mark the beginning of two substantial portions of the improvement plan running between Auburn and Colfax and from Gold Run to Emigrant Gap. The first of these two segments will be completed in November 2001, and the latter in November 2002.

Caltrans will begin widening and rehabilitating ramps and overlaying road surfaces from Colfax to Gold Run in July 2002. This portion of the improvement plan will be completed in November 2004.

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