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Changes to I-80 ahead as ‘bug station’ is demolished

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Truckee’s old agricultural inspection station will be gone and Interstate 80 traffic will be routed through the new location east of Truckee by the end of December, said Jay Van Rein, spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

Demolition and re-paving of the old inspection station on the interstate are on schedule, with two lanes worth of structure demolished and paving in progress. Once the second half is demolished, operations will be moved to the new location near the California Highway Patrol scales.

“We’ve got about four to five weeks to being done with demolition of the old station, then we will need a few weeks to move in at the new site,” Van Rein said.

Traffic will be routed through the new station once demolition is complete, but inspection of commercial vehicles may continue in a temporary facility at the old site until the new location is up and running, he said. The new station will probably be activated for inspection around mid- to late-December.

Once traffic is re-routed through the new station, the old lanes of traffic will be blocked off, but maintained for the use of emergency vehicles or other equipment, Van Rein said.

“It’s something we’ve done for emergency access and military when they need to avoid a station,” Van Rein said.

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Emergency access will be limited however, said Al Reed, the resident engineer for Caltrans in Truckee.

“It has got to be a bona fide emergency, it would take a couple hours to open that up,” Reed said. “It would not be for convenience access.”

Meanwhile, at the old inspection site, westbound I-80 will be two-lanes wide, using the current left two lanes, and the Donner Pass Road exit will stay the same, Reed said.

While Caltrans officials are not running this project, they are overseeing construction to make sure their standards are met, Reed said.