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I-80 construction work this weekend

Staff reports

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will restrict traffic heading west on Interstate 80 to just one lane between Soda Springs and the Troy Undercrossing over the weekend of July 20-22 to expedite work an a project to rebuild I-80 over a three-mile stretch near Kingvale.

“This rare weekend closure is needed to accelerate our paving operations,” said resident construction engineer Kevin McKechnie. “By working through the weekend, we will be able to trim two weeks off the construction schedule and finish all of this project’s mainline paving.”

When complete, I-80 will have nearly a foot of new concrete pavement in all lanes between Soda Springs and the Troy Undercrossing. This pavement will provide motorists a smoother driving surface for the next 30 years.

Traffic will continue to use the weekday crossover, which merges westbound traffic into one of the eastbound lanes through the construction zone. A median barrier separates east and westbound traffic.

During the crossover, the Soda Springs on-ramp to westbound I-80 along with the Kingvale ramps to and from westbound I-80 will be closed. Detours are available. Traffic will be monitored closely and if delays become excessive, traffic controls will be lifted or another lane will be made available.

Motorists are reminded that the speed limit in this construction zone has been lowered to 55 miles per hour.

This project in Kingvale is just one segment of the “I-80 Corridor Improvement Projects.”

which will reconstruct more than 90 miles of I-80 between Roseville and the Nevada State Line. The first stage of the I-80 reconstruction, which stretched from Roseville to the outskirts of Auburn, was completed last year at a cost of $10.6 million. The bridge carrying West Paoli Road in Weimar over I-80 was also raised more than a foot and a half at a cost of $1.2 million.

Earlier this year, Caltrans broke ground or continued work on Corridor Improvement Projects in Gold Run, Kingvale, Donner Park, West Boca and Floriston, west of Truckee.

Commuters can keep abreast of work schedules by calling the California Highway Information Network at 1-800-427-ROAD (7623). Work schedules and project information are available on the Internet at http://www.i80.dot.ca.gov .


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