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California Transportation Commission approves $20 million for next phase of Lincoln bypass

New phase adds 2 lanes to extend the 4-lane section of Phase 1 at Nelson Lane to Wise Road
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The California Transportation Commission approved the distribution of $20 million last Thursday for the next phase of Lincoln’s State Route 65 Bypass. The new phase will add two lanes at Nelson Lane to Wise Road. Currently in its first phase, the bypass project is constructing a new 11.7 mile road from Industrial Boulevard that moves traffic around the city of Lincoln and will connect back to the existing Highway 65 near Sheridan. Once complete, the project will relieve congestion, improve safety on existing State Route 65 and provide for a regional and interregional traffic solution to accommodate projected traffic volumes through the year 2035. Phase 1 of the Lincoln Bypass which is estimated at more than $290 million, is the construction of a four-lane segment from Industrial Avenue to Nelson Lane (approximately 3 miles), and 2 lanes from Nelson Lane to Sheridan. Phase 2a is the construction of two more lanes, making it a full four-lane road from Industrial Avenue to Wise Road. The final portion, Phase 2b, is estimated at approximately $30 million and is not yet funded. It will add the final additional two-lane segment from Wise Road to Sheridan, completing a full four-lane expressway. “The Lincoln Bypass has long been one of the region’s most critical transportation improvement priorities. We are tremendously grateful to the California Transportation Commission for making this just as high a priority for the state,” said Placer County Transportation Planning Agency’s executive director Celia McAdam. “We’re now seeing the results of decades of planning, collaboration, and hard work from multiple agencies in this key project for traffic relief in the region. Making the bypass four lanes to Wise Road will save Placer County residents 834 daily vehicle hours of delay and $50 million in travel time over 20 years.” McAdam said there is much yet to be done. “As critical as the Lincoln bypass is, Placer has many other major transportation needs we need to tackle,” McAdam said. “Keeping Placer moving means we have to work on creative options for local transportation funding so that we can continue to compete for and win future state and federal funds.”