Emergency I-80 Repairs Resume in California

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The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is alerting motorists of various lane closures along I-80 in Placer County as emergency repairs resume for the 2024 construction season.

Crews are adding permanent striping and vehicle detection systems between Colfax and Alta. Motorists can expect various lane closures over the next two weeks during the evening/overnight from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. at these locations:

  • Eastbound and Westbound I-80 between Colfax and Secret Town Road; through Tuesday, April 9.
  • Eastbound and Westbound I-80 between Secret Town Road and Alta; Wednesday, April 10 through Thursday, April 11 and Sunday, April 14 through Thursday, April 18.

The schedule is subject to change or be delayed due to weather, availability of materials or other unexpected events. Additional work is anticipated in late spring after the conclusion of winter operations.

Caltrans performed an extensive field review of the I-80 corridor last year and found an unprecedented amount of damage. Several areas exhibited moderate to high levels of rutting due to chain wear and required immediate repair. Five emergency contracts were executed for the repairs, totaling $69.2 million. Four additional contracts were executed for the 2024 construction season totaling an additional $38.2 million.

The extended lane closures will help to minimize the duration of the project, speed completion and improve workers’ safety. The climate in the area also provides a limited temperature window to perform the needed repairs.

Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and slow in construction zones for the safety of travelers and crews performing these improvements. 


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