More delays planned on I-80 |

More delays planned on I-80

The California Department of Transportation will reduce traffic next week to one lane in each direction over a mile-long stretch of Interstate 80 between the Boca Bridge and Floriston, west of Truckee.

One lane of traffic in each direction will be in place from at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 20 and continue until 8 a.m., Friday, May 25. Motorists can expect delays of 10 to 20 minutes.

Trucks wider than 8 feet, 6 inches or longer than 100 feet will not be permitted to pass. They will be rerouted depending on dimension, weight and destination.

The reduction to one lane in each direction will allow crews to build three mammal crossings under I-80. When complete, the crossings will be 12 foot high and 12 foot wide and will allow deer, bear and other wildlife to safely cross under I-80. In some areas, special fencing will be erected to guide wildlife to the new crossings, the first ever built under I-80.

The mammal crossings are just one feature of a $86 million project to re-construct Interstate 80 between West Boca and Floriston. When complete, an 11-mile stretch of I-80 will be resurfaced with new concrete, six bridges will be replaced and a new median barrier will separate east and westbound traffic. The work is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2004.

The West Boca/Floriston project 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.

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 .

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