Detour planned for I-80 this week |

Detour planned for I-80 this week

Drivers heading west on Interstate 80 will have a short detour Tuesday night in order to pave a section of I-80 known as the Three-Mile-Grade.

Beginning at 9 p.m., Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol will direct westbound traffic on I-80 to exit at Secret Town/Rollins Lake. From there, drivers will be directed to head west on Rollins Lake Road to Highway 174 where they can head south to I-80 through Colfax. All westbound lanes are scheduled to re-open the following day by 6 a.m.

All permit load truck traffic will be held at the Gold Run Safety Roadside Rest Area and will be escorted through the work zone while the detour is in effect. Permit loads can expect to wait no longer than two hours to be escorted through the detour.

Three-Mile Grade is a narrow and steep downgrade. Detouring traffic during this paving will make traveling safer for the public and allow the contractor’s employees and Caltrans staff to work in the area safely, said Caltrans officials. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the detour and to reduce their speeds since they are being detoured onto a two-lane highway.

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