PLACER COUNTY – Caltrans announced today that major construction has started on a project to replacefour Interstate 80 bridge crossings in Placer County between Crystal Springs and Cisco Grove. The $57 million project includes $3.48 million in funding from Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.
“This project addresses the state’s top priorities by fixing aging infrastructure assets and supporting the efficient and timely movement of goods,” said Caltrans Director Toks Omishakin. “Through SB 1, we are making critical investments throughout the state – from upgrading and rebuilding bridges to facilitating freight transport in the Sierra and other commercially vital corridors that serve as gateways to California and beyond.”
The four structures at Crystal Springs, Baxter, Drum Forebay and Cisco Grove are being rebuilt with wider overcrossings, eight-foot shoulders, six-foot sidewalks and ramps that comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Construction activities began in April with intermittent lane closures and local detours during daytime and nightly work schedules. Walsh Construction of Concord, Calif. is the prime contractor, and the project is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
“These I-80 overcrossings serve local Sierra residents, commerical vehicles and recreational visitors, with almost 30,000 vehicles traveling this corridor segment daily,” said District 3 Director Amarjeet S. Benipal. “We look forward to completing more projects like these as we continue to improve the transportation system in the North State.”
SB 1 provides $5 billion in transportation funding annually split between the state and local agencies. Road projects progress through construction phases more quickly based on the availability of SB 1 funds, including projects that are partially funded by SB 1. For more information about other transportation projects funded by SB 1, visit www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.
Caltrans reminds motorists to “Be Work Zone Alert” and slow in construction zones for the safety of travelers and crews performing these improvements. The department issues construction updates on Twitter @CaltransDist3 and on Facebook at CaltransDistrict3. For real-time traffic, click on Caltrans’ QuickMap quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ or download the QuickMap app from the App Store or Google Play.