The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) recently announced the start of the $49.5 million I-80 Auxiliary Lane and 5th Lane project, which will improve safety and travel times between Douglas Boulevard and Riverside Avenue and between State Route 65 and Rocklin Road.
Upcoming work includes building an eastbound auxiliary lane between State Route 65 and Rocklin Road and include a two-lane off-ramp. Crews will also construct a fifth lane on westbound I-80 between Douglas Boulevard and Riverside Avenue and will reconfigure the Douglas Boulevard off-ramp from two lanes to one.
An estimated 82,000 people commute daily between Placer and Sacramento Counties, and an additional 78,000 residents are expected to move into the area by 2036. With that growth in mind, this project will help build lane capacity and improve travel time for commuters and goods movement.
The project, which was awarded to Ghilotti Construction Company, Inc. of Santa Rosa, is expected to be completed by summer 2024.